Experts in Orthopedic Medicine
When orthopedic or sports injuries affect you, seeing a specialist is critical to keep your condition from worsening and can put you on the path to recovery much faster. Skagit Regional Health’s orthopedic specialists provide high-quality care to patients for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, from
diagnosis to rehabilitation and beyond.
Because Skagit Regional Health encompasses many different specialties and sub-specialties under one roof, our experts are able to consult and collaborate to provide high-quality, comprehensive orthopedic care from the more routine orthopedic conditions to the most complex, including:
- Shoulder and Elbow
- Lower Extremity
Meet Our Team
Our team includes expert board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, sports medicine specialists and others who work together across disciplines and specialties to ensure that your orthopedic and sports medicine care services are met.
Expert Orthopedic Care Close to Home
We offer inpatient and outpatient services at our two hospitals, Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital. Both locations also house orthopedic Rehabilitation Services as well as leading-edge Sports Medicine Clinic Gyms. Outpatient services are also available at the Smokey Point and Riverbend clinics.
How do you know if it's time for a hip replacement?
“It’s time for a hip replacement when a patient can’t do the normal things in their life, are worried their leg will give way and they will fall, or they can’t sleep at night due to pain,” said Michael Picco, DO.
“As patients develop arthritis and increasing hip pain, they often move through a progression of treatments before considering surgery including anti-inflammatory medications, injections, physical therapy, and arthroscopy,” said Christopher Sheu, MD.
Talk to your provider to make sure you are a candidate for hip replacement. The orthopedic surgeons note that patients must have a Body Mass Index of 40 or less; have good diabetes control with an A1C level of no more than 7.5 or 8; and the selection of which surgical approach is used will depend on the patient’s anatomy including the shape of the femur and patient size.
Preparing to go home from the hospital is also essential. The doctors note that patients need help at home for at least a week, will need an assistive device, first a walker, then a cane, for at least a month, and special arrangements may need to be made for a home with stairs.
Skagit Regional Health offers a Total Joint Class to assist patients in preparing for before and after their hospital stay.