Northwest Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine - Board Certified Othopaedic Surgeons

John W. Staeheli, MD

John W. Staeheli, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery & Orthopaedic Trauma Association

Dr. Staeheli concentrates his practice around fractures, trauma, sports medicine, and joint replacement. These areas include arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction, meniscus cartilage repair, arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, and other joint arthroscopy. He performs total joint replacements of the knee, hip, shoulder, and treats patients with complex foot deformities. Dr. Staeheli's expertise extends as well into wrist arthroscopy and carpal tunnel surgery.


  • Specialty Training: Advanced Orthopaedic Trauma Training. Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, Baltimore Shock Trauma Unit.
  • Residency: Mayo Clinic's Mayo Graduate School
  • Internship: Balboa Naval Hospital
  • Medical School: Creighton University
  • Undergraduate: Gonzaga University, B.A. in Biology & Chemistry

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"I have been coming to Northwest Orthopaedics for over 20 years.  I have all the confidence in the world in Dr. Staeheli and Mike.  I trust them with all my orthopaedic needs.  They are the greatest!"

"I have been dealing with a lot of pain in my right knee for many years due to a childhood accident.  I had received many Synvisc injections over the years to deal with the pain.  These worked well at the beginning but the law of diminishing returns made them ineffective at the end.  I also tried many other home remedies but nothing worked.  Finally I just had to deal with the fact that I needed a total knee replacement.

What should I do?  Where should I go?  I searched and researched throughout the United States via the internet, trying to find a good surgeon who would do not just a good job but a great job on my knee.  One day, I was dealing on a vehicle and happened to be limping as usual.  The salesman who waited on me asked why I was limping, so I told him that I thought I needed a knee replacement but didn’t really know where to go.  He told me that for his money, he would take Dr. Staeheli from Northwest Orthopaedic in Richland.  When I asked him why, he related that he had his knee operated on by Dr. Staeheli and that it was a top-notch job.

So I made an appointment and to my amazement, Dr. Staeheli didn’t push me into a knee replacement right away but suggested that I take Euflexa injections.  That made me feel better when I found out that he wasn’t going to operate just to operate.  Incidentally, Mike Perala, PA-C was the one who game me most of the injections and I can say without hesitation that he gives the best shots in the knee that I have ever had and I am an expert critic on having shots in the knee joint.

Dr. Staeheli told me that I would know when it was time to have the TKR…and I did.  My date to have the TKR was December 1st and everything turned out just fine.  I chose the spinal block over general anesthesia and that worked out great for me as it seemed to block out the initial pain for a longer period of time.  Dr. Staeheli and his operating room staff including the anesthesiologist did a super job and before I knew it, I was in my hospital room.

They had me up and walking in short order and I was discharged 3 days later.  I only used the walker for a couple of days and then graduated to a golf putter that I made into a cane (putters make great canes).  Within a week or so, I was walking without any help.  I threw away my putter after the staples came out (2 weeks) and I played golf for the first time on January 8 which was a shade over five weeks.  Now, I would be lying to you if I told you that I played an entire 18 holes or even 9 holes but I still played golf.  The flexion in my knee is currently about 135 degrees which is the same as the other knee and my extension is -1 degrees which in no small part is due to Jack Carpenter the physical therapist and his crew down at Swift Rehabilitation.  In conclusion, let me also state that the nurses and the office staff were always friendly and helpful as well.  I think Northwest Orthopaedics is a great place to go if you need help like I did because they helped me turn a negative thing like a total knee replacement into a positive one where my “new knee” is better than the other one."


Bob F.

Pasco, WA


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