A Walk Along the Cutting Edge

Man gets patient-specific knee, with help from Dr. Williamson

May 16, 2012, GoAnacortes – Island Hospital hosted the first patient-specific partial knee replacement east of the Mississippi in March. The first one in the nation happened just a few weeks earlier.

The operation is a leap forward in the field of joint surgery. It involves less time on the operating table, a tailored fit for the patient, and promises longer-lasting success over traditional partial knee replacements. Read more...


A New Era For Old Aches & Pains

Advancing medical technology gets orthopedic patients back to active lifestyles faster, more fully and with less pain and cost

Maria WertzAs Maria Wertz approached her 60th birthday, two events looked certain in her near future: retirement from the banking profession so she and her husband could indulge in their passion for sailing, and knee surgery.

The problem was, in Maria’s mind, these two certainties were incompatible.

For years Maria had managed an active lifestyle despite advancing arthritic pain in her right knee. “I could manage just fine with over-the-counter medication,” she recalls. “My pain level was not that severe, even though I’d had some cartilage removed and my knee had reached the point of bone on bone. It was more of a matter of inconvenience than pain.”

Nonetheless, doctors told her that replacement surgery was ultimately unavoidable. Then retirement and a chance for a change in life came when husband Bill sold his interests in a broadcasting company, allowing the couple to fulfill their ambitions of relocating from Michigan to the Pacific Northwest as all-but-full-time mariners.

“The idea was to live on our boat for several years,” Maria says. “Knee surgery didn’t fit into the plan.”

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Proliance Preferred Provider with Premera

Effective August 1, 2011, Proliance Surgeons will be a Preferred Provider in all Premera networks.


Proliance Surgeons and Premera Blue Cross have once again teamed up to provide quality surgical services across the Puget Sound region. Effective August 1, 2011, Proliance Surgeons will be a Preferred Provider in all Premera networks. This agreement reflects Proliance Surgeons and Premera Blue Cross reaching a shared view for the delivery of high quality healthcare.

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SIO Center Opens New Anacortes Facility

New stand-alone facility elevates level of care and improves patient convenience

April 5, 2011 – On April 21, Skagit Island Orthopedic Center (SIO) will unveil Anacortes’ newest medical facility with an open house, inviting the public to tour its just-completed facility and home to a comprehensive array of diagnostic, post-operative, physical and occupational therapy services and equipment for patients undergoing partial and full joint replacements, pain management for spinal conditions and other surgical and non-surgical treatments of musculoskeletal conditions. 

Anacortes Skagit Island Orthopedic CenterAs one of two locations of a 13-year-old practice that provides care for patients from the San Juan Islands, Oak Harbor and Skagit County, the newly-constructed center provides the latest in modern facilities and services, brings care to a convenient location, and provides space to meet growth in patient demand and expectations, said Dr. Richard Williamson, prominent joint replacement surgeon and practice co-founder.

“We designed this clinic as a one-stop destination with the aim of making musculoskeletal treatment as convenient and comfortable as possible,” Williamson said. “Our new location allows our patients – including those of limited mobility – to arrive directly at our front door for the easiest access to the most up-to-date resources possible.”

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