Total joint replacement has become one of the most popular surgeries available because of their high success rate and the huge impact on a patient's overall quality of life. Over 600,000* knee and 450,000* hip replacement surgeries are preformed in the US annually.

What is a Total Joint Replacement?

What is a total joint replacement?

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis which returns the easy movement of normal, healthy joint.

To learn more about Total Joint Replacement at WhidbeyHealth watch this short video or for a more in-depth understanding, watch our longer video here.


Living with hip or knee pain

Living with joint pain

Living with hip or knee pain often makes daily activities difficult or even impossible. Simple movements like standing up, sitting down, or climbing stairs become very painful. Worsening pain over time can mean less enjoyment of hobbies and ordinary activities like cooking, shopping, or travel to see family.

In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. When treatments like anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise or physical therapy have not given enough relief, your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery. Usually, your doctor will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for an initial evaluation.



Who should consider joint replacement?

Who should consider joint replacement?

If you are living with joint pain and non-operative measures are unable to resolve the pain, your are a candidate for joint replacement.

Hips and knees are the most commonly performed joint replacements. Patients who have hip or knee replacements can have an improved quality of life and pain-free return to activities of daily living.

To learn more call our Total Joint Replacement team at 360-240-4013 or email us at


Thorough sterilization of every piece of equipment and every room has always been part of our practice, however, our team is taking extra steps to ensure a hygienic and safe surgical and recovery environments.

Techniques include an antimicrobial dry “fog” that sanitizes whole rooms and negative pressure systems that prevent air from re-entering indoor hospital spaces.

WhidbeyHealth is proud of our low post-surgical infection rates—which are below the national average for Critical Access Hospitals.

Our progressive approach includes use of cutting edge equipment, processes and techniques to provide optimum care in every facet of the hospital.


You at the center of the team

Your team - with you at the center

At WhidbeyHealth, we believe every patient has unique needs. Every patient has a team to meet those needs. Your team members include the orthopedic surgical team, anesthesia, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy team, home health, nutrition, primary care, diabetic management care and other services tailored to your specific needs.

Patients are active participants in their team. By working together, we can achieve better outcomes such as:

  • Less time in the hospital
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Planning for your care and recovery at home
  • A faster return to an active lifestyle – without the pain.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

WhidbeyHealth has adopted a groundbreaking process called ERAS, an international clinical standard which is designed to achieve early recovery for patients having major surgery. Using our ERAS protocol, you and your team will plan your entire path through the total joint replacement process, from your first consultation to your final clinic appointment after surgery.

Every patient’s care plan is uniquely designed to meet their needs, and includes:

  • Attendance at our Total Joint Education Classes -  'Boot Camp' ensures you are ready for surgery and your in-home recovery.
  • Individual consultations with your team of specialists
  • Getting physically ready for surgery and your hospital stay
  • Preparing your family and home for a safe recovery period
  • Access to your care team around the clock after discharge

Joint replacement patients begin working with their rehab teams right after surgery and most return home the day after surgery. Some patients are able to return home the same day of their surgery.


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Exceptional Care from Exceptional People

Staying close to home is more than a convenience – it means having easier access to your care team for pre-and post-surgery visits, less travel for your family, and individualized attention designed to attend to your specific needs.

Island residents receive the same quality and level of services they would expect from any big-city medical center.

Chances are that you have questions, and we're happy to answer them. To learn more about improving your quality of life with hip or knee replacement, call our Total Joint Replacement team at 360-240-4013 or email us at
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WhidbeyHealth works with most health insurances companies. Surgeries typically require pre-approval. Recent changes to Medicare include coverage for joint replacement. [Learn more]

Please contact your insurance provider if you have questions.

For more information regarding our financial services, policies, help estimating the cost of your visit/procedure and financial assistance programs, visit Financial Services.