Olympia Orthopaedics Associates has continued to grow and evolve to serve its expanding patient population throughout the South Sound. The newest member of the team is Dr. Milan Moore. Dr. Moore comes to OOA with over 16 years of experience as a joint replacement specialist at Cascade Orthopaedics in Auburn, Washington.
Dr. Moore received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and attended Harvard Medical School. He did his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC followed by a Total Joint Fellowship at the Anderson Clinic in Alexandria, VA in 2000-2001.
Dr. Moore began practicing medicine in the Pacific Northwest in 2001. He has developed a reputation for his holistic approach in treating the whole patient and not just the joint. Dr. Moore recognizes that there are many factors to a healthy and mobile lifestyle.
“We have seen incredible innovation in the area of orthopaedics,” explains Dr. Moore. Modern advances in medicine mean that people can have a joint replacement and be in and out of the hospital in one day or even home the same day. “The baby boomer generation is aging and needing joint replacement but they are healthier than the previous generation,” he says. Many of these patients have been doing yoga, Spartan racing and cross-fit. They may be injured, but they are not sick and no longer require multiple days in the hospital.
Moore is excited to begin treating patients at the Outpatient Surgery Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. “With the new long-lasting anesthetics, I have patients that are in little to no pain the day after a partial knee or hip replacement,” says Dr. Moore. These patients are actually safer and happier recovering in their home environment, something made possible by the trained staff at the Westside center. A 50 year-old triathlete with good muscle tone and no heart disease can be back on his bike in two weeks after a partial knee replacement.
Dr. Moore realizes that every individual is different. He designs each patient’s recovery and rehabilitation to the point that they are able to achieve their own goals. “I have patients that want to climb Mount Rainier and I have patients who want to walk pain-free to their mailbox,” says Dr. Moore. “We now have the means to treat everyone safely and effectively at Olympia Orthopaedics.”
Dr. Moore enjoys his job in part because orthopaedic surgery can be truly miraculous. “People can come in with crutches or even a wheelchair and walk out on their own two feet,” he shares. The location of Olympia evenly spaced between Seattle and Portland has created tremendous growth in the area and as a result, the 40-year-old practice is seeing a growing need. Being able to treat patients on an outpatient basis in the surgery center is very exciting to Dr. Moore and patients alike. Everyone prefers their own bed to a hospital bed.
“I love the Pacific Northwest,” says Dr. Moore. “I don’t think there is a more beautiful place to live in the U.S. I am excited to begin working in Olympia at a practice that is using the latest in medical technology.” And, that technology, coupled with a facility including a wide range of services including on-site MRI, PT, x-ray and injection specialists, makes treatment easy for both patients and physicians.
Dr. Moore has been happily married to his wife, Sandra, for 21 years and the couple have two sons, Alexander, a junior at Harvard and sprinter on the track team, and Jack, a freshman at MIT. In his early years Moore was an avid runner and played rugby in college. Today, he is addicted to hot yoga. “I did hot yoga the first time on a dare from my wife,” explains Moore. “I didn’t like it at first but now I am a huge yoga fan.” Yoga hits all the areas we lose as we age – balance, strength and flexibility. “We all can be doing yoga at age 70, 80 or even 90.” says Dr. Moore.
Dr. Milan Moore starts seeing patients at the Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Westside Clinic on April 3. To learn more about Dr. Moore or schedule an appointment, visit www.olyortho.com or call 360-709-6230.