Benefits and Risks of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Benefits and Risks of Total Knee Replacement Surgery Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability, most commonly offered when joint pain has not responded to other treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. The procedure involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint and replacing it with artificial components made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The artificial components are designed to mimic the natural movement of the knee joint. Total knee replacement is a major surgery, but it is usually very successful in relieving pain and improving function. Most people who have total knee replacement are able to return to their normal activities within a few months of surgery. There are some risks associated with total knee replacement, such as infection, blood clots, and loosening of the artificial components. However, the risks are relatively low, and the benefits of total knee replacement often outweigh the risks. If you are considering total knee replacement, talk to your doctor about whether it is the right option for you. Your doctor can help you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and make [...]


Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest Ahhh, spring. That time of year when the sun starts to shine, the flowers begin to bloom, and the rain just won’t stop. Here in the Pacific Northwest, rainy days are a fact of life. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fitness routine! With a bit of creativity and preparation, you can stay active and healthy even when the weather outside is less than ideal. Bring your workout indoors. There are plenty of exercises you can do inside your home. You can do yoga or Pilates in your living room, or use an exercise bike or treadmill. You can also try an online workout class or streaming video to get your heart rate up. There are some great (and free) workouts and tutorials on YouTube, and many don’t even require equipment! We also have a great lineup of gyms and wellness centers around our community that offer a plethora of machines and even group fitness classes to fit everyone’s needs.  Get creative with outdoor workouts. If you’re determined to get your workout outside, you can still find a way to make it [...]

Meet. Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgeon Fellow

Meet Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgical Fellow What does an Advanced Foot and Ankle fellowship mean? A fellowship is a period of training that a physician may undertake after completing their residency. This is done in order to gain further exposure in a specific area of interest and to truly master that specialty. The length of the fellowship can vary, but it is usually at least one year long. During this time, the fellow is fully licensed and acts as an attending physician in their specific field of medicine. A fellowship in advanced foot and ankle surgery entails a period of training in which the fellow gains exposure to complex pathologies affecting the lower extremities as well as the methods and techniques utilized to appropriately manage them. These pathologies can range from forefoot abnormalities such as bunions to severe foot and ankle deformities requiring complete reconstruction to help relieve pain and improve function. It builds upon the experience and knowledge gained during residency and provides the fellow with the tools needed to tackle the most difficult and complex foot and ankle issues. About Dr. Chandra Dr. Amar Chandra was born and raised in [...]


Most Common Shoulder Injuries

Most Common Shoulder Injuries   Shoulder Arthritis  Shoulder Arthritis is one of the most common shoulder issues that people have. Arthritis is typically defined as joint inflammation that could promote damage or loss of cartilage surrounding the bone. Without the cartilage that surrounds each joint, two bones will rub against each other during movement which creates pain for the patient.   The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically develops in older patients from normal wear and tear of the bones.  Another form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is connected to rheumatoid disease. Because rheumatoid disease is an autoimmune disorder, the body attacks the tissue that surrounds the bones, which causes the destruction of cartilage in joints. When the cartilage is destroyed, it causes pain and stiffness in the joints that most arthritis patients suffer from. A particular type of arthritis, called Cuff-tear arthropathy, damages cartilage only on one side of the shoulder socket. This is due to a lack of the rotator cuff tissue which centers the ball in the socket.   Sometimes the blood supply to the bone can be disrupted, which can result in avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis can result [...]


2021 “Milestone” Years of Service

Washington Orthopaedic Center would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the “Milestone” years of service individuals listed below.  The loyalty and dedication to Washington Orthopaedic Center and our patients does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. ? 2021 Years of Service ? Ashleigh Linn One Year of Service Kimberly Soares One Year of Service Chloe Whitaker One Year of Service Beau Boire One Year of Service Kalie Potter One Year of Service Jennifer Brown One Year of Service Beatriz Mejia One Year of Service Nicole Spencer One Year of Service Erin Anderson One Year of Service Dyanna Ramez One Year of Service Kelsie Morang One Year of Service Nikki Schroeder One Year of Service Denise Muller Three Years of Service Hailey Dickinson Three Years of Service Briana Reyes Three Years of Service Rodell Sunga Five Years of Service Debbie Moberg Ten Years of Service Christy Caple Ten Years of Service Traci King Fifteen Years of Service Nikki Wallis [...]


2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence Recipients ? (WOCEE)

We recently interviewed our 2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence (WOCEE) recipients. These employees are first nominated by fellow staff members and then chosen by the doctors on a monthly basis. Here’s what they had to say! Rodell Sunga What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center?  Facilities Coordinator (Maintenance) and IT What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic Center? I like the flexibility in my work schedule What is your favorite memory so far while working at WOC? My favorite memory is the completion of the new roof. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time with my wife doing anything, even lounging around. If you were an animal, what would you be? I think I would be a gorilla because they are gentle, but don’t rile them up. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to witness the moon landing. I was only a toddler when it happened. Jodi Urich Sayad What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center? ASC RN What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic [...]


Washington Orthopaedic Center Now Provides ActivArmorTM Sanitizable 3D Printed Casts

Washington Orthopaedic Center is the first clinic in the state to provide ActivArmorTM sanitizable 3D printed casts. January 25, 2022 – Biomedical technology company, ActivArmorTM, has partnered Washington Orthopaedic Center (WA Ortho) to introduce its next-Gen immobilization technology to Washington State. ActivArmor’s 3D printed casts are the only sanitizable cast on the market, allowing patients to wash their hands during the Covid-19 global pandemic.  The next-gen casts are completely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a body scan, and designed per the doctor’s prescription, including the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with ultrasound and other advanced technologies. ActivArmor orthoses are being prescribed for injuries like breaks, sprains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Charcot Foot, through their website and in top orthopedic clinics across the country. Washington Orthopaedic Center's mission to provide compassionate orthopedic care to every patient is a perfect match for ActivArmor’s next-gen 3D technology. ActivArmor’s sweat-proof, waterproof, breathable, sanitizable casting system is custom for each patient’s unique injury or lifestyle – allowing them to continue their daily activities, and improving their quality of life while healing. “It is our pleasure to partner with Washington Orthopaedic Center to bring our next-gen casting system [...]

Meet Dr. Brian Houng, Our First Foot And Ankle Surgery Fellow

Dr. Brian Houng, our first foot and ankle surgery fellow, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His love for fitness, basketball, and interest in sports medicine led him to major in human biology at the University of California San Diego. He then completed his medical school education in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated at the top of his class. Dr. Houng then completed a comprehensive surgical residency training program at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, a nationally recognized level-1 trauma center. During his final year of residency, he served as Chief Resident for his program under the directorship of Dr. Christopher Hyer. a nationally known fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon. On his free time, Dr. Houng enjoys working out, playing basketball, and eating good food with good company. What is a fellowship? A Fellowship is the period of medical training that a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program (residency). A fellowship usually lasts at least one year and during this time, the physician is known as a fellow. Fellows can act as an attending or consulting physician in the field in which they were trained. The purpose of a fellowship is to specialize and [...]

Dr. Bender Deployment 2021

Dr. Bender is to be mobilized for active duty service with the United State Army Reserves for approximately four months (mid-April 2021 to mid-August 2021). Please read his message to the patients and staff below: ??? ?????? ??? ???????, ?????????? ??? ????????, ?? ???? ?? ??? ????, ? ?? ? ?ℎ??????? ?? ?ℎ? ?????? ?????? ???? ????????. ????????????, ?? ??????? ?? ?????????? ?? ???????, ? ?? ????????? ??? ?????? ???? ???????. ??? ?? ?ℎ??? ????? ℎ?????? ?? ?? ???????ℎ??? ???? ???????. ? ℎ??? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?ℎ? ?????? ???? ?? ??????? ?? ????????? ???????? ???????. ? ???? ?? ????????? ?? ???-????? ??? ? ?????? ?? ????????????? ???? ????ℎ?. ? ?ℎ???? ?????? ?? ???-??????, ??? ??????????? ?? ???? ?? ????? ???. ? ???? ?? ??????? ?? ????????? ????????? ?? ?? ????????? ??? ?????????? ?ℎ? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ???????? ??????? ?ℎ? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ?? ???????. ? ???? ?? ?????? ?? ℎ???????? ???????????? ?? ?? ???????? ??? ???? ????????????? ?????? ?ℎ?? ???? ?? ???????????. ???? ???????, ???ℎ?????? ???ℎ??????? ?????? ???? ???????? ?? ??????? ??? ???ℎ ?????? ???? ?ℎ??? ? ?? ????. ?ℎ??? ??? ??? ???? ????????, ??? ? ????? ?????????? ?? ???? ????????? ?????? ???? ???? ????ℎ? ?? ?? ?????????. [...]


Dr. Noel Beckford Announces Retirement

After 31 years of providing anesthesia services, Dr. Noel Beckford is officially hanging up his scrubs and retiring at the end of 2020. Dr. Beckford received his medical degree in New York City. He then completed his internship and residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut and became the Chief Resident of Anesthesiology in 1988. After his residency, he spent a year working Locums to see the country, before settling in Centralia, at Providence Centralia Hospital in the early 1990’s. With fellow anesthesiologists, he founded Southwest Washington Anesthesia Group and provided anesthesia coverage at various facilities throughout the region. Retired orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Keith Anderson, recalls first meeting Dr. Beckford at Providence Centralia Hospital, mentioning how impressed he was with Dr. Beckford’s thoroughness and, “the fact that his patients woke up quickly, alert, and comfortable, rather than nauseated and groggy as was the case with many other anesthesiologists at the time.” Dr. Beckford has always been one to provide high-quality, efficient anesthesia, which has allowed the surgeons and nursing staff to better care for patients both intraoperatively and post-operatively. In 1994, Washington Orthopaedic Center built and opened the first physician-owned Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the State of Washington. Dr. Beckford was [...]

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