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Living well means different things to different people

Whether you love golfing, competitive cycling, walking, or lifting a grandchild, it's important to move without pain. Aging often presents challenges to comfortable movement. But no matter what your age, we can help.

The Joint & Spine Center is located on the 5th floor of VMC’s new South Tower and provides a spacious and tranquil space for patients to recover following joint replacement, orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. Patients receive care by experienced staff and an alliance of Neurologic and Orthopedic Surgeons.

At The Joint & Spine Center, we have a dedicated, skilled staff passionate about providing the best care possible to patients. It’s a team approach with incredible collaboration. Our surgeons, nurses and therapists follow best practices, which means that everyone is constantly bringing new learning back to the team. We continually strive to elevate our care.

We understand the importance of education. Patients receive educational materials and ample opportunity to ask questions. At our pre-surgery orientation, patients learn about their planned surgical procedure, what to expect before and after surgery, what to bring to the hospital, rehabilitation tips, how caregivers can help, and more.

We also dedicate our 5th floor to joint and spine patients—a practice that we've found to be successful in aiding recovery. Joint replacement surgery at Valley Medical Center is scheduled on a Monday or Tuesday. Most patients leave the hospital by Friday, some as early as Wednesday. Scheduling for spine surgery may vary.

About The Joint Center

Click to find an orthopedic surgeonArthritis affects about 40 million Americans, or one in eight. Arthritis, other degenerative joint diseases, and joint injury rob people of mobility and independence over time. At The Joint Center orthopedic surgeons and staff are committed to battling joint disease and helping patients get back in the game.

The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center was the first dedicated joint replacement center in the Pacific Northwest. The nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy staff have special training and experience related specifically to the care and treatment of joint replacement patients and their families. They specialize in the latest technology and standards of care in this rapidly changing area of medicine.

The Joint Center is a leader in adopting the latest technology for joint replacement surgery. VMC surgeons continuously study and adapt innovations in the field. Among the most exciting tools is computer-assisted surgery (CAS). The Joint Center was one of the first to adopt this technology and report on our results in a multicenter study. CAS is a surgical option that addresses a key issue in joint replacement: alignment. Poorly aligned joints are considered a major source of implant failure. William Barrett, MD, medical director for The Joint Center, was one of the early adopters of this advanced technology for joint replacement. This technology has led to new advancements such as custom cutting guides based on pre-op computer evaluation of patients' knees.


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About the Spine Center

Click to Find a Spine SurgeonThe Spine Center brings together neurological and orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of upper back, lower back and neck injuries. One of the first groups in the Pacific Northwest to use vertebral disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion, our neurosurgeons are experienced in this advanced technique.

Spine surgery procedures performed include:

  • Decompressive laminectomies for stenosis
  • Laminectomies and discectomies for herniated discs
  • Posterior and anterior cervical fusions for disc problems
  • Instability or spinal cord compression
  • Posterior interbody and posterolateral thoracic and lumbar fusions for stenosis
  • Disc problems and instability
  • Removal and insertion of spinal instrumentation
  • Surgical reconstruction of spinal deformities
  • Revisions of previous spinal surgery

In addition, the Spine Center is one of the few medical centers in the Seattle area to offer cervical disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. This cutting edge procedure treats symptoms such as arm pain or weakness caused by degenerative disc disease in the neck, while preserving motion in the neck.


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Free Seminars
Valley Medical Center also holds free joint replacement, orthopedic, and back and neck pain seminars throughout the year. Check our Events Schedule for details.


The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center is rated #1 in Washington for Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades®

Top Rated By HealthGrades
The Joint & Spine Center is Best Rated in Washington for Joint Replacement Surgery and Overall Orthopedics by HealthGrades, an independent firm evaluating national healthcare quality. HealthGrades also ranked Valley Medical Center among the top 5 percent nationally in joint replacement and spine surgery. Here are some of the additional ratings The Joint Center has received:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ 
  • Ranked #1 in Washington and Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement™ —
  • Best Ranked in the Region for Overall Orthopedic Services and Spine Surgery™ —
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services™ —
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement Surgery™ —
    (2004 - 2013)
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (without Fusion)™ —
    (2003 - 2013)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement™ —
    (2004 - 2013)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement™ —
  • Five-Star Rated for Spinal Surgery™ —
    (2006 - 2013) 
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“At The Joint & Spine Center, we have a dedicated, skilled staff passionate about providing the best care possible to patients. It’s a team approach with incredible collaboration.”

— Jean Durnin, RN, ONC, manager of The Joint & Spine Center at Valley Medical Center