Director of Hip and Knee Replacement
    The Everett Clinic - Edmonds

    Craig McAllister, MD


    Director of Hip and Knee Replacement
    The Everett Clinic - Edmonds

    Director of Hip and Knee Replacement
    The Everett Clinic - Edmonds

    Call for an appointment: 425-339-5447 and follow the prompts to speak to my assistants.

    Call for an appointment: 425-339-5447 and follow the prompts to speak to my assistants.

    Meet Dr. McAllister

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    About Dr. McAllister
    Craig has been transforming patients' lives for over 25 years. When someone comes in with painful joints, unable to function in daily activities, it's exhilarating for Dr. McAllister to guide them through surgery and treatment using minimally invasive techniques.

    As a SwiftPath surgeon, Dr. McAllister is at the cutting edge of joint replacement excellence. SwiftPath methods are shown to decrease the trauma and pain associated with joint replacement. When combined with proven rapid rehabilitation methods and multimodal pain management, SwiftPath allows outpatient joint replacement for properly selected patients, and improves the surgical experience for all patients.

    • Undergraduate: Seattle University (Magna Cum Laude)
    • Medical School: University of Washington; Top 10% of Class, Alpha Omega Alpha
    • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, orthopedic surgery
    • Fellowship in total hip and knee replacement: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

    Dr. McAllister is recognized for his pioneering excellence in the field of orthopedics. His accomplishments include:
    • Former Chief of Orthopedics at Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center and Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington
    • Named a Seattle Magazine Best Physician (2013, 2014, 2015); a "Top Doctors of Seattle" by Seattle Met Magazine (2014, 2016); 425 Magazine "Doctors Making a Difference"
    • His team developed original instruments for MIS-navigation techniques and published one of the original articles documenting their advantages in knee replacement.
    • President and Chief Medical Officer of SwiftPath LLC.

    About SwiftPath

    An Educated Patient: A Safer Patient

    You, as the patient, have an active involvement in your joint replacement, which proves to be one of the most powerful predictors of success. Dr. McAllister has adopted the SwiftPath Method to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for the best possible result. These include an integrated Patient Guide and JointCamp family engagement, identifying and managing health risk factors, modern pain management, homecare and online reporting.

    Optimize Health Before Surgery

    Patient optimization focuses on improving your health before surgery. Dr. McAllister will help you identify and manage patient related risks for better results and to reduce complications.

    A Personal Road Map to a Safe Surgery

    Dr. McAllister provides you with a SwiftPath Patient Guide that he has authored. It includes standardized protocol, evidence-based medicine and his specific therapies. It serves as a comprehensive surgical road map to help you and your caregiver learn and understand your active roles in the joint replacement journey.

    State-of-the-Art Patient Education

    You and your caregiver attend a JointCamp, focusing on the importance of patient engagement and family support. It teaches the key elements that help decrease pain, improve rehabilitation, reduce length of stay and enhance recovery following surgery.

    Less Pain and Decreased Narcotics

    Dr. McAllister is committed to the reduction of narcotics in our communities. The SwiftPath Method used a systematic approach of modern pain management that has been vetted in Surgeon RoundTables and proven with outcomes. Minimizing the amount of narcotic pain medications will help avoid complications like nausea and constipation, as well as overuse of narcotics. This approach includes joint injection, anti-inflammatories, Tylenol and cryotherapy.

    Shared Decision Making

    The SwiftPath Method includes a shared decision-making process between Dr. McAllister, you and your caregiver on the best pathway. He will confirm the need for a joint replacement and determine if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery, 23 hour stay, or reduced hospital stay.

    Minimally Invasive Techniques & Rapid Recovery

    Dr. McAllister is trained in minimally invasive techniques that result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter stays, the possibility of rehabilitation in your own home and faster patient recovery.

    Cloud-Based Patient Reported Outcomes

    The SwiftPath Method uses a post-surgery protocol for homecare to minimize post-surgery issues. It combines modern pain management with a secure, on-line or reporting results to Dr. McAllister can closely monitor your pain levels and recovery.

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    McAllister, CM, Kirschenbaum, IH, and Stepanian, JD. Clincal Outcomes and Cost Implications of Rapid Discharge Versus Traditional Pathways after Knee Replacement. Accepted for Presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting, March, 2016

    Patient Testimonials


    May 24th, 2018 | Beckers ASC

    The SwiftPath Program rolled out a certification for ASCs that adopt and adhere to the standards it developed for safe, reliable outpatient hip and knee replacements.

    February 26th, 2018 | Digital Journal

    SwiftPath Program, LLC, which develops evidence-based, rapid recovery protocols vetted by experts that enable physicians to provide patients hip and knee replacements in an outpatient setting...

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    • What is outpatient joint replacement?

      Historically, all joint replacements were done as inpatients. This is largely because joint replacement surgery has involved large incisions, significant blood loss, significant pain management issues, and a wide variety of complications. For that reason, it's always been felt that joint replacement patients needed to be in the hospital. Now, with minimally invasive surgical techniques, sophisticated periarticular injections, multimodal pain management, and computer navigation, many patients are simply able to go home on the day of surgery and may not require hospitalization. This carries significant advantages in terms of decreased pain, decreased complication risks, improved patient satisfaction, and decreased exposure to the potential for hospital-acquired complications and infections.

    • Is SwiftPath a nationwide program or just a local program?

      SwiftPath is a national program that is continually expanding. For specific locations, refer to the surgeon locator map on the SwiftPath website.

    • How does SwiftPath help me recover at home?

      SwiftPath protocols have been shown to decrease the time in the hospital as well as the pain after surgery, which helps with home recovery. SwiftPath surgeons also use online cloud monitoring techniques to follow your care at home after the surgery.

    • Why is it important to obtain a preoperative clearance from my family doctor?

      Preoperative clearance is very important. There is no one that knows you better than the doctor who has been taking care of you. We want to make sure your lungs, heart and kidneys are all working as best as they can be before surgery.

    • Will I need a ride home after my surgery?

      Yes, you are still under the influence of an anesthetic and pain medication. You will need a ride home from the surgery center or hospital.

    • When can I shower?

      Follow the shower instructions in your surgeon authored Patient Guide.

    • What other equipment will I need at home?

      Please refer to your Patient Guide to see what specific equipment your surgeon considers required, recommended or optional.

    • When is my leg “elevated”?

      In order to be elevated your knee needs to be above the level of your heart. If you are sitting on a recliner or chair, your foot will most likely need to be around the level of your shoulders. Lying flat makes it much easier to get your knee above your heart.

    • What are the signs of blood clots?

      Blood clots do occasionally occur after hip and knee surgery. The signs of a blood clot are swelling in your legs that is worsening and will not go down with ice or elevation. A blood clot can also cause marked tenderness and pain in the calf (remote in the surgical site). While some lower leg pain and swelling may be expected following a joint replacement, please call my office if you have any concerns.

    • Will I set the alarm off in the airport?

      Hip and knee replacements are made primarily of metal alloys. You can expect to trigger most airport alarms. If possible, inform the TSA agent of your joint replacement prior to passing through security. TSA no longer accepts "joint replacement cards." You should expect to undergo additional screening at airports and should budget your time accordingly.

    Contact Info

    Phone 425.339.5447

    Monday – Friday:
    8am – 5:00pm
    Weekends: Closed
    Closed during most major holidays.