Joint Replacement

Virginia Mason orthopedic surgeons are specialists in joint replacement surgery, with five-star ratings from Healthgrades, a national health care rating organization. U.S. News & World Report recently named Virginia Mason one of the top orthopedic surgery programs in the country. Additionally, Virginia Mason has been named a "Center of Excellence for Joint Replacement" by the Pacific Business Group on Health, in recognition of our high quality outcomes and low complication rates.

Some of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures performed today include replacement of knees, hips and shoulders. These joints, among the primary weight-bearing areas in the body, allow flexion and extension of our extremities so we can walk and move with ease. Over time, however, they can become stiff and painful from inflammation, injury or disease, or from the natural effects of aging. Often when these damaged joints are replaced, patients find they literally have been given a new lease on life.

Participant: American Joint Replacement Registry 
Virginia Mason is a participant
in the American Joint
Replacement Registry. Learn more.

The Virginia Mason Difference in Anesthesiology

Total joint replacement can be one of the most painful surgeries when traditional methods of pain control are used. At Virginia Mason, however, physicians are using new approaches. For knee replacement surgery, this includes a continuous nerve block technique called the "Adductor Canal Catheter" that not only reduces pain, but maintains muscle strength in the leg, which is critical to recovery. The anesthesia delivered to hip and shoulder replacement patients is also designed to promote a faster recovery with fewer complications.

The ability of Virginia Mason anesthesiologists to keep joint replacement patients comfortable is evident in patient satisfaction scores for pain control that are in the 99th percentile on our inpatient unit.

Meet Our Joint Replacement Team

  • Jonathan Clabeaux, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He sees patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center.
  • Gaston R. Deysine, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He sees patients at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center.
  • David M. Kieras, MD, FAAOS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He sees patients at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center.
  • Cara Beth Lee, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. She sees patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center.
  • Kevin MacDonald, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He sees patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center.
  • Peter J. Verdin Jr., MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He sees patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center and Virginia Mason Lynnwood Medical Center.

Joint Replacement Services

Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement patients should download and print the following items:

Forms for Your Appointment

For your convenience and to expedite your check-in, please print, complete and bring the following forms to your appointment:

Download and print information to help you plan for your surgery.


Our orthopedic surgeons work closely with researchers and manufacturers to ensure patients receive the most rigorously tested and proven implants on the market. We work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the High Value Health Care Collaborative on studies involving patient engagement, patient reported outcomes and shared decision making. Additionally, we produce:

  • Patient Reported Outcomes Research
  • Institutional Review Board Approved Studies
  • Articles for Professional Journals

Support Services for Joint Replacement Patients

Whether your condition is a sudden crisis or an ongoing chronic condition, Virginia Mason's medical social workers are available to support you and your family. Services include:

  • Assessment of needs
  • Counseling intervention
  • Referral to community resources
  • Education
  • Help with medical payments
  • Long-term care planning and more

Peer Partners

Virginia Mason's Peer Partners is a unique program of support for hospitalized patients. Volunteers who have been through similar procedures visit with patients and their families to answer questions and assist with non-medical concerns. Peer Partners can also help caregivers understand how to best provide care and support when a patient returns home.

Questions About Joint Replacement Surgery?

If you have questions about joint replacement surgery at Virginia Mason or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons, call us (206) 223-7530.