Brian A. Jewett, MD
“I came to Eugene to develop a surgical practice devoted to the care of patients with arthritis of the hip and knee. I also devote time to patient and community education about diseases of the hip and knee and their surgical treatment. I've even found time to help launch a program known as Volunteers in Motion that provides surgeries to those who cannot afford them. ”
Education and Training
- Fellowship: Adult Joint Reconstruction, Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute, Alexandria, VA, 2000-2001
- Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1996-2000
- Medical School: Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, Medical Doctorate, 1995
- Post Graduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Master of Science, Neuropharmacology, 1991
- Undergraduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1990
- Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Licensed by the Oregon and Virginia State Boards of Medical Examiners
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
- North Pacific Orthopaedic Society
- Western Orthopaedic Association
Hospital Staff Privileges
- Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR
- Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician and surgeon since 2001
In my free time, I enjoy cycling, competing in triathlons, parenting, making computerized movies, and taking digital photographs, as well as skiing and hiking with my daughters.
"I am so grateful to the people at Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for getting my life back. Just 61 days following my hip replacement surgery, I struck a perfect 5 iron to record my first hole in one in 46 years of golf. When I first arrived at Slocum, it was very hard for this sub 3 marathoner to accept how difficult walking had become, especially when I had run 2:57 just two years earlier at age 56. But Dr. Denise Routhier and Dr. Brian Jewett helped me understand what was happening to my hip joint and the options for me so I could confidently choose the best approach for me. I was the second recipient of a new hip at the Slocum facilities and had no hesitation of having my procedure done there. It is a world class facility with top notch professionals. The people made all of the difference in every phase of the process. Every individual, from the initial evaluation and treatment, specialist referral, counseling and orientation session, scheduling, surgery, post op /recovery care at Slocum, home visits, and pre/post op physical therapy. Their professionalism and responsiveness to all of my needs made all the difference. Most importantly, they instilled the confidence needed to set me on a path to create my own active future. I would not have made that hole-in-one had it not been for the entire Slocum team, especially Dr. Routhier, Dr. Jewett, my PT, Julie Embree and most importantly, my wife Donna, who was there every step of the way for me. And a very special thanks to Michelle Mitchell, RN/MSN for coordinating all of the phases of my care." - Mike L.
"I had a total hip replacement at Slocum Center in early November of 2015. Dr. Brian Jewett did the surgery. Prior to surgery, my wife and I were required to attend a class about the surgery and what to expect afterwards. We were very surprised to be the only patients attending. When we asked about this, we were told they held this session specifically to accommodate us so we could attend while we were already in Eugene to see Dr. Jewett! It felt as if I were the only and most important patient they had! We saw the doctor, the clinical director, the physical therapist, the anesthesiologist, and even someone from the finance department during our visit that day. Our questions were answered and not once did we feel rushed. Instead, we felt like we were part of a team who would work together with us to make my surgery and recovery successful! That day was just a foretaste of the treatment I received on surgery day by this group of warm and caring professionals.
The day of surgery I had 2-3 wonderful nurses continually at my side. This was before, during, and after surgery, right up until they wheeled me out the door that afternoon. By the time I left, they felt like family!
Words can not express the gratitude I feel for the excellent care I received at Slocum. I was a little apprehensive to "be from out of town" to have this surgery done, but my experience with the people at Slocum was well worth the trip!" - Dwane M.
"I saw Dr. Jewitt yesterday and was able to thank him for everything he's done for me. Things are looking good and going really well with my hip. Among the things I'm to keep doing to stay on this path is work with Julie for another month. The really good news is that I can start using my hot tub now. Woo hoo.
I saw Julie yesterday too, so I was able to thank her --- so I wanted to send a quick note thanking Michelle for everything she's done for me. It's a great program you've all got going, and a really terrific team. This has changed my life in such a genuinely important way. It's about so much more than my comfort. I can keep up with my daughter again and really be there with my family. They mean the world to me, so this is the best thing that's happened to me in years.
So, BIG THANK YOU's to everyone! Michelle, Dr. Jewitt, Julie, and all the others who helped make this happen." - Dave L.
"At 49 years old I was experiencing normal aches and pains with little to no thought about hiking 10-15 miles, going to Jazzercise classes 4-5 times a week or walking all day long, day after day at the Happiest Place on Earth Disney World. Life was great!
At 50 years old I was having so much hip pain I could not function normally. I was used to walking, hiking and gardening as long and as hard as I wanted to. Suddenly I was worse every day and soon I couldn’t walk or go upstairs. I had no range of motion and I pretty much went to work and then rested all weekend. I had a lot of physical therapy and medications to alleviate the pain, but no relief. I was on crutches part of the time due to pain and I thought I was going to have to give up everything I loved and some things I didn’t love but needed to do to survive, like work. I was becoming depressed. Disneyworld in a motorized wheel chair? Depressing. I met with Dr. Jewett and was diagnosed with advanced arthritis in both hips. Arthritis arrived fast and hard for me. Previous x-rays had not shown the extent of the disease. It may sound weird but I was so happy, as a nurse I knew that there was something we could do about that diagnosis.
I had heard from a friend and coworker that Slocum was going to start an outpatient hip replacement program and I asked Dr. Jewett if this would be possible for me. The program wasn’t quite up and running and I know it takes an army of staff to plan and make a new program work. I wanted to do the day surgery option so badly! I didn’t want to go to the hospital and be exposed to all that entails. I was able to be the first person to have outpatient hip replacement at Slocum on September 1st, 2015. I absolutely trusted that they would treat me with respect and consideration whether I was the first or 101st. From the minute I woke up I was happy with my decision to have surgery. Okay, maybe a few minutes after waking up……..I’m not saying recovery was a piece of cake but it went as expected, and I improved so rapidly it was really no big deal. I worked my physical therapy program as advised and with the support of a wonderful group of nurses and physical therapists (and the best husband ever) I’m still getting stronger and more flexible every day and plan on having the second hip replacement December 29th. Obviously I’m very happy with the results to go through the surgery and recovery again so soon.
Dr. Jewett probably thinks I’m loopy because I’m so excited when I see him, but I’m so grateful I have a hard time not crying! Silly? Maybe but I can’t thank him and his staff enough; it really does feel like a miracle to me. I can make plans again and those plans are great! I have my life back; just think how I’ll feel with two new hips? I cannot wait!
My goal is to be on the McKenzie River Trail by mid- April….hiking my heart out! The weather will still be a little cool but who cares? I’ll send you a picture. Don’t worry Julie I’ll wear good shoes and use walking poles! Oh, and we have plans to go back to Disneyworld next fall…....because we have confidence now that we can make plans that include walking day after day after day after day…..
Thanks from the bottom of my heart" - Ayn H., RN
"One year ago I had a total right hip replacement. What a wonderful experience! Oh, yes, it wasn't easy but well worth it for the success and my future activity level. I was walking with pain for the last six months or more prior to surgery. I didn't realize how much pain until it was gone with that first walk just a few hours following surgery. I was determined I would not walk with a limp; not be off balance; not 'fail' in recovery. Therefore, I did every exercise recommended before and after surgery. I followed my physical therapist's advice. (By the way, I HATE exercising!) I read my notebook from cover to cover many times over. One year later, my follow-up appointment was all smiles by both my surgeon and myself. If you want total success, I recommend you follow the guidelines. These people know what they are talking about. They are here to help but can't do it all. Each of us must also do our job...exercise. At an appointment several months following surgery, I confessed to Dr. Jewett that I wasn't as faithful in my exercises as I first was but told him I was active, very active. He replied, "Activity keeps us healthy; exercise makes us strong." Wow! I heard it. I'm back on the treadmill again! By the way, the greatest reward is being able to get back into volunteer work and flying my kite!" – Dianne R.
After several years of not being able to do any of my preferred activities---horseback riding, playing pickleball competitively, walking and hiking--without the use of a brace to stop the bones in my knee rubbing together, I decided to have a total knee replacement. I chose Dr. Brian Jewett because of recommendations of friends and reviewing his site online, and I'm so glad I did. He was very straightforward and gave me all the information I needed to make my decision. One of the things that impressed me on my first visit, was when I told him I had been told by another orthopedic surgeon that he was reluctant to do a total knee replacement on me because I might lose some of the mobility I already had. It was Dr. Jewett's response that convinced me he was the srugeon for me--he said, "No, no, no!! That's why you get a knee replacement, so that you CAN do everything you want with more mobility!"
I chose to see a physical therapist for 2 months before the surgery because I wanted to get my leg as strong as it could be to help with my recovery. I have not been able to straighten my leg for years, and this was one of the challenges during my recovery. The other challenge was to not start doing some of my activities too soon. I listened to my therapist, did the exercises, and stretches, she assigned---every day---, got my extension down to zero, and waited until Dr. Jewett gave me the ok, at 6 weeks, to start doing my activities.
So, at 7 weeks I rode one of my horses for 1 1/2 hours, started getting on the pickleball court to practice easily, then at 8 weeks rode my other horse for 2 1/2 hours! Now, at 12 weeks I have regularly played pickleball 3-4 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time, and returned to walking 3-3 1/2 miles 3-5 times a week.
All of this with no pain and Dr. Jewett says it will only get better from here! It's that positive attitude and the belief that I can do anything I want, even at the age of 65, that has made this be a positive experience for me. So, thank you Dr. Jewett!
Dr. Jewett did a Total Knee Replacement on me in January of 2012. I'm just past the third anniversary of that new right knee now.
Almost everything important to me has to do with my being able to use my legs - walking, hiking, bicycling. If I don't get out every day and move those big muscles in some way, a big part of the enjoyment of that day is missing, and I just don't feel complete or whole. For ten years before my surgery, I continued to walk and hike, but the cost was increasingly severe pain - until that cost almost overwhelmed the payoff.
Now, three years later, sometimes the sole motivation for my getting out for a walk is just to relish the sensation of walking without pain. I think about - and am grateful for - that freedom from pain every single day and it makes me happy.
I worked hard on my rehab, and in May, about 5 months post-surgery I was hiking regularly. I ventured on an overnight backpacking trip in July and in September did a multi-day trek through the Eagle Cap wilderness, climbing up (and more notably down) Eagle Cap with no pain. It was truly like magic. I've since been up South Sister (I didn't think I'd ever see that summit again before my surgery) on a good strong painless right knee. In May of the next year, I trained for and rode a hilly Century in Montana.
I've celebrated with treks through Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Mind you, hiking gets a little harder as I get older, but my legs haven't felt so strong in 15 years. Last year, I spent three weeks hiking and backpacking in New Zealand. Again, something I thought I'd never be able to do.
Dr. Jewett really has given me my life back, and I just wanted to let him know how important that is to me and how much I appreciate his work. Thank you.
-- Wes Y.
"I had hip replacement surgery on January 20th of this year. I had trouble with pain for about ten years, and it was continuing to get worse as time went by. I made the decision to have the replacement after I started using aspirin on a regular basis and it was losing its effectiveness. Dr. Jewett said that he could fix the problem. I was worried that I would be more limited in my activities after the surgery. Dr. Jewett said it would be fine. I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went. It started with the prep work at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend and the check-in process went very smooth.
The surgery itself was a lot less painful than I expected, and I was on my feet the evening of surgery. I used a walker the first day, and crutches the next two weeks until I went to my therapist. He then gave me a cane, and said I would not be using it very long. I used the cane for about three weeks, while doing all the therapy that was recommended. At no time was the pain anywhere near as bad as it was before the operation. My therapy went so well that the therapist didn’t really know what to do with me after the first three or four sessions.
Now nine months later, I don’t walk with a limp, can bike twenty miles with no pain afterward, have walked up Mt. Pishgah, do yard work, and do my volunteer work for the Eugene Police Department with no pain. I am most certainly pleased with the success of my operation. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jewett and the staff at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend for making my stay a pleasant experience. Thank you!" -- Daniel M.
"In February and March, I had five injections in my knees. As an avid exerciser, it has been a delight to return to mobility, better balance, endurance, and pace. This summer, I have been able to walk, and golf 18 holes on consecutive days, bicycle 30 miles, and more in the San Juan Islands, begin to jog a bit, and think about spring triathlons! I appreciate the expertise and care that I received at Slocum, and encourage others to seek assistance." -- Catherine A.
"After 3 years of pain and financial insecurity (I couldn't do my garden/landscaping work), I finally had the opportunity to have hip surgery. I was stubborn about getting better and getting my old life back. I did my therapy like a trooper. When I woke up from the surgery on February 10th, I was amazed how much better it felt already. I know part of that were the pain pills, but it never once hurt as much as it did before the surgery. Now I am back to gardening, care giving, bicycle riding, and even dancing! I would say that it took me a good 3 weeks to be completely on my own again, but I was driving a stick shift after 2 weeks, and it really was an easier recovery than I had imagined. I still try to take it easy because of course, there's the other hip that could be a factor. I am walking without a limp and my friends say it took 15 years off my age. I can truly say that I am much happier now, and the rest of my life will be much different, in a miraculous way. I am so lucky to have found Dr. Jewett, and the amazing staff that helped me through. Thank you to the stars!" -- Michelle P.