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  1. #1
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    total knee replacement -- references for surgeons in WA

    Left knee TKR is inevitable due to advanced patellofemoral arthritis and OA throughout knee, likely in part the legacy of smashing my knee cap on a rock during a traverse of the Pickets in 1993.

    Got a bead on two surgeons with good records and lots of experience, looking for a third opinion, preferably near Seattle area or in central WA.

    Thanks

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    Lawrence Holland, works for OPA at Swedish in Seattle. He understands athletes needs - my buddy had a TKR in March and was skiing hard by December....

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    Dr James Crutcher did my friend's recent one.

    10 weeks out.. you might of seen on FB that he was hiking on Rainier with us the other week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Dr James Crutcher did my friend's recent one.

    10 weeks out.. you might of seen on FB that he was hiking on Rainier with us the other week.
    Lawrence Holland or Jim Crutcher are excellent, high-volume surgeons. I have worked with them both many times and I would happily have them operate on me should I need it. Fwiw, here's the Propublica analysis of surgical complications in Washington for TKR by surgeon: https://projects.propublica.org/surg...spitals/500027

    Feel free to PM me with questions

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    I got a knee brace last August and my right knee did great up until July 1st when I got out of my van and my knee had apparently had enough. I could walk on it and did so until yesterday when it got really bad, walking more than a few steps without crutches isn't happening. My doc here in Bellingham is Michael Thorpe who did surgery on that same knee 10 years ago, meniscus repair and microfracture on the right side of the knee. Reconnected the quad tendon on my left knee about 7 years ago. I thought it was the microfracture repair that had worn out but it was cartilage thinning out on the inside of the knee, hence the brace which worked great, including skiing last season. I'm guessing I'm going to need the TKR now though. My appointment is Aug 1st. I made it when I could still walk on it but now I really can't/shouldn't and am on the cancellation list to try to get in sooner.
    Anyone know Thorpe? He used to be the knee doc for WWU sports teams, I don't know if he still is. He no longer works at the local hospital which I don't trust anyway but is now working exclusively at Pacific Rim Orthopedics where I had the previous surgeries. I was happy with Dr. Thorpe before but I'd be happy to go to Swedish if I thought it was the best option.
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    Thorpe did less than 20 TKRs, Crutcher did 401, Holland 169. Outcomes are volume dependent (https://www.usnews.com/news/articles...lume-hospitals), partly because of the surgeon, partly because of the hospital team. The Propublica link above grades every surgeon that does more than 20 TKRs per year in Washington - take a look. I'm not pushing Swedish, but the Swedish Ortho Institute does more than 5000 cases per year and the most joint replacements by far.

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    Thanks for the info. My wife has had really good outcomes at Swedish for other kinds of surgery.
    In drove this drunken madman and stopped on a dime! Unfortunately the dime was in Mr. Rococo's pocket!

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