CRAIG MCALLISTER, MD | ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
Meet Dr. McAllister
Is the Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of SwiftPath Program, LLC. His clinical and academic background includes a strong focus on surgeon education, patient education, minimally invasive surgical techniques, computer navigation, and outpatient joint replacement. He is a design consultant for Operativ, a small medical device company dedicated to refining advanced techniques in joint replacement.
Seattle University, 1981 • Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry
University of Washington, 1985 • Graduated Top 10% of Class, Alpha Omega Alpha
Albert Einstein College of Medicine • Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York • Surgical Internship, 1986 • Orthopedic Residency, 1990
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1991 • Special Fellow in Adult Reconstructive and Arthritis Surgery
Shoulder, Hip, and Knee Reconstruction
Chief Elect, Orthopedic Section, Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center
Head, Adult Reconstructive Section, Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center
Head, Evergreen Orthopedic Research Lab
Managing Partner, Evergreen Orthopedic Clinic
Past Chairman, Washington State Arthritis Foundation
Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Certified 1994
Licensure to Practice
Private Practice • 1997 – present
Evergreen Orthopedic Center • 12911 120th Avenue NE, Suite H-210 • Kirkland, Washington 98034
1991 – 1997 Washington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
11821 NE 128th, Suite A
Kirkland, Washington 98034
1994 – present University of Washington
School of Medicine
1995 – 1996 Chairman of the Board • Washington State Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation •
1992 – 1994 Chairman of Patient Education Committee • Washington State Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
1995 – 1996 Implant Committee, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
1994 – 2001 Alpental Ski Patrol • 1991 – 1996
Assistant Team Physician, University of Washington • 1992 – 1997
Team Physician, Lake Washington Ski Council
1991 – 1993 Team Physician, Woodinville High School • 1992 – 1996 Team Physician, Newport High School
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Western Orthopedic Association • Washington State Medical Association
Awards & Honors
2010 Washington State Superdoctors, www.superdoctors.com
2010 Washington State’s Best Doctors, Washington Magazine
2009 “Doctors Making a Difference” 425 Magazine
1999 State License Documentation “Top-Rated Physicians in America”
1984 Alpha Omega Alpha
1982 – 1983 Medical Student Research Fellowship - Department of Rheumatology, University of Washington School of Medicine
1981 – 1982 Medical Student Research Fellowship, Northwest Lipid Research Clinic, University of Washington School of Medicine
1979 Alumni Merit Scholarship, Seattle University
1978 Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, Seattle University Chapter
1977 Kathy Ann Jones Fellowship Award, Seattle University
1977 Honors Program Scholarship, Seattle University
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. McAllister is committed to the reduction of narcotics in our communties. 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.
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.
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.
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.
February 26th, 2018 | Digital Journal
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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.
SwiftPath is a national program that is continually expanding. For specific locations, refer to the surgeon locator map on the SwiftPath website.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the shower instructions in your surgeon authored Patient Guide.
Please refer to your Patient Guide to see what specific equipment your surgeon considers required, recommended or optional.
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.
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.
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.
12911-120th Avenue NE Suite H-210
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone (425) 823-4000
Monday – Friday:
8am – 5:00pm
Closed during most major holidays.