Knee Replacement Surgery from Regional Experts

A number of conditions can cause knee pain and mobility issues. It is important to have any knee issue evaluated by an expert before it gets worse because untreated conditions can impact the knee’s function, as well as the function of other joints in the body. At Skagit Regional Health, our sub-specialty trained team of orthopedic surgeons, nurses and therapists have the expertise to treat a wide variety of knee injuries and conditions to help patients get back to enjoying everyday life. These conditions range from injuries to the meniscus, ligaments cartilage to osteoarthritis and more.

Provider looking at knee during exam

The patient’s journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose the condition, where we use the most advanced technology available to make our assessment. Once a diagnosis is determined, we walk patients through treatment options, recommending minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments whenever possible. When knee surgery is necessary, we provide patients and their families with education, including Joint Replacement Classes and pre-surgical instructions. This information helps patients not only prepare for surgery, it also helps them understand what to expect following surgery and during their recovery and rehabilitation.

An Individualized Approach to Knee Replacement Surgery

Skagit Regional Health takes a collaborative, team approach to care and decision-making. We want you and your family to have a clear understanding of your condition and its potential impact on current and future activities. Every patient has unique health needs, so expectations for life after surgery. As partners in your care, we take the time to explain diagnostics, treatments and recovery plans, so care and treatment are tailored to your needs and expectations. We offer a wide variety of procedures to help patients choose the best path for their unique situation.

Partial knee replacement

Sometimes a less invasive, partial knee replacement is enough to correct a condition. This method requires smaller incisions, keeps some of the healthy natural bone and tissue and allows for faster recovery times.

Total knee replacement

More commonly, a total knee replacement is recommended, which can either be done with a traditional or minimally invasive approach.

  • Traditional total knee replacement: In a traditional approach, an 8-to-12-inch incision is made. The tissue and muscles around the knee, in addition to the kneecap, are impacted. This approach requires longer recovery time inside and outside the hospital.
  • Minimally invasive total knee replacement: A minimally invasive approach uses a much smaller incision with fewer disturbances to the tissue, muscle kneecap, which can mean shorter recovery time and better range of motion following surgery.

Factors such as the patient’s condition, age, lifestyle and expectations following surgery are all taken into consideration when determining which approach to use. Our orthopedic specialists will work with you to determine the best choice for individual needs.

Leaders in Replacement Knee Design and Development

Thanks to a better understanding of human anatomy through the use of technology, prosthetics knee replacements have become much more advanced. Our patients have access to the latest prosthetic and artificial knees. A wide variety of sizes and shapes are now available and can be matched to the patient based on gender, musculoskeletal features other factors, which enhances results and quality of life for patients following surgery.

Don’t Suffer from Knee Pain

If you or someone you love is suffering from knee pain and limited mobility, don’t suffer in silence. Call one of our skilled orthopedic specialists at Skagit Regional Health.