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Advances in Hip Surgery Lead to Shorter Hospital Stays

Want to get back to the activities you love?

Watch Dr. Phil Downer’s Hip Segment on King5’s Health Link

Dr. Downer discusses items to address before considering surgery, the Anterior Hip Approach and the best activities to help maintain the health of your joint.


“Total hip replacement has become one of the most common and successful procedures in the U.S.

Medical advances even have some patients leaving the hospital within hours of surgery.

“We have also worked on the variables that have contributed to the length of stay, reducing pain, and improving function,” explains orthopedic surgeon Dr. Phillip Downer.

When Dr. Downer works with a patient, he makes sure they are ready for surgery by losing weight, managing diabetes or blood pressure – whatever the case may be for each patient – so that after surgery, their body can optimally heal.” (Read Article)

Learn more about Dr. Downer and the Anterior Approach, please call 206-784-8833 for more information.

Seattle Met Top Doctors 2017

Seattle Met’s Top Doctors list is out and all of OSS’ Physicians & Physician Assistants were recognized. A huge Congratulations to all of our providers!

“Our 12th annual list of the best health care professionals in the Seattle area features 791 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more in 100 specialties.”

Outpatient Hip Replacement

We performed our first hip replacement yesterday at our outpatient surgery center. We have been sending patients home the day of surgery from Swedish Ballard Hospital, but this was the first time at the outpatient surgery center.

Everything went as we had hoped and planned. The staff were all amazing.

I had discussed the options with my patient, and we both felt this was a good option. She is young and healthy, and a good candidate for this type of care.

We will be following here closely, and we have discussed at length being careful and not over doing it.

This is an exciting time for hip replacement surgery. Reducing the impact of this surgery on the body has enabled us to reduce the time in the hospital, and reduce the pain of recovery. I am sure we will continue to improve, but what a change over the past 10 years!