Aric A. Christal, MD


  • BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Orthopedic Residency

  • University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centers, Seattle, WA


  • Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Fellowship: OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Member, American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Proliance Center for Outpatient Spine and Joint Surgery
  • Edmonds Center for Outpatient Surgery
  • Swedish Medical Center – Edmonds
  • Swedish First Hill Hospital

Aric Christal, MD

Aric A. Christal, MD

Aric Christal, MD is a board certified fellowship trained joint preservation and joint replacement surgeon. His areas of expertise include joint pain, arthritis, hip and knee replacement, minimally invasive surgery, computer/robotic assisted surgery, partial joint replacement and arthroscopy. Dr. Christal was one of the first surgeons in Washington to perform the less-invasive anterior hip replacement. He maintains affiliation with the University of Washington and gives frequent educational seminars on joint replacement to community physicians as well as the public. Dr. Christal has received multiple research awards and presents at national conferences. His professional interests include minimally-invasive surgery, robotics and the development of outpatient joint replacement programs.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Christal completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington, where he also completed his orthopedic surgical residency. Dr. Christal traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for a fellowship in complex joint reconstruction and replacement. At OrthoCarolina he trained under several of the nation’s most renown reconstructive surgeons.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Christal enjoys downhill skiing, cycling, mountaineering and spending time with his wife and children.

“My team strives to provide the clinical/surgical experience that we would expect for our own family members. Taking adequate time to understand a patient’s complaints, background and expectations is critical to achieving a good result. I approach joint pain conservatively and view surgery as a last resort. When surgery is indicated, my team and I pride ourselves in making sure patients are well-educated and prepared for the experience. From ample physical and online resources to physician-taught pre-operative classes and the latest in surgical techniques, we want to ensure your journey is a smooth one.”

Dr. Christal on KOMO Radio HealthTalk

Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

Non-operative Treatment of Knee Arthritis

Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis of the Knee

Knee Replacement Surgery (Total and Partial)

Dr. Christal, you are amazing! Thank you so much for the fine surgery you performed on my right knee! I, along with everyone else I've talked to, feel I am recovering very well and fast. It's only been 9 days since my surgery and I'm already walking without assistance. I just want you to know how pleased I am with the outcome. Thank you!
— Sincerely, Lola C.




I had a total replacement of my right hip performed by Dr. Aric Christal and his team and then spent one night recovering at the Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, WA. I have had a number of surgeries in my 71 years, often with hospital stays involved and this experience was clearly one of the best ever.

Dr. Christal's talent, expertise and caring were paramount in that experience. I was also very impressed by the extensive pre-op education and information provided by his 40+ page SwiftPath guide and the two-hour slide presentation. I have never experienced anything approaching that level of valuable medical preparation. I especially appreciated how the publication and presentation detailed the major areas of possible complications, such as infection, and then went on to detail the numerous steps that had been taken to mitigate those problems. Please note also that Dr. Christal's colleagues, Katelynn and Connie were very patient and thoughtful in my dealing with them.

My post-op recuperative care given by the people at Swedish in Edmonds was truly on a par with Dr. Christa's expertise. My RNS, Fran and FeAlma were both great, very thoughtful and caring. Fe was especially good at explain every med given and what was going, My CNAs, Asme, Marcy, Kachi and Sabrina were all unfailingly kind, caring and often even funny. The physical therapist, Stephanie, was also excellent. I'm sure that all involved must be proud of the good work they do, but it is my humble observation that each and everyone of them definitely should be. It must be humbling to realize how many people's lives they improve so profoundly.

— Sincerely and gratefully, A Guy with a Great New Hip
A very big thank you for all your caring.
— Your grateful patient, F.B.
Dr. Christal, your work has touched my heart. Thank you. May you know that you are a rare type in this busy world. You are so kind, gentle, understanding, and spot on!
— Patient Patricia L.
Your knowledge, guidance, and compassion has impacted me and helped me more than I can explain. I am so blessed and thankful to have you as my doctor. You and your entire staff are amazing.
— Patient Megan S.
Dr. Christal, you gave me 2 new hips. I have been grateful to you every day for giving me back my active life. I am nearly 78 years old and continue walking our beach on Whidbey Island and doing yard work and maintaining our 12 acres, my passion in life.
— Thank you, Carol R.
My new right hip is working amazingly well, due to your awesome surgical skills. Thanks for your care and concern.
— Sincerely, Pam C.
Thank you! On a cruise from Seattle - around Hawaiian Islands to Vancouver. Hiked up Diamond Head today - over 500 feet up, 3 miles round trip, and my left knee doesn't hurt a bit!
— Patient Mary B.
Dr. Christal, a big thank you to you and all the staff for making me feel cared for. I am grateful for your education, training, and expertise. Now I have a new hope and can live again.
— Patient Gretchen D.
Dr. Christal, thank you for taking good care of my knee this past year. I may only see you a few times a year, but I look forward to each visit.
— Patient Dorothy M.
I wish to thank you for a successful knee replacement. Am doing great. Am up walking again!
— Patient Alfred J.
Dr. Christal, thank you again for taking such good care of me, my knee, and leg overall. Am doing well and really enjoy being able to walk!
— Patient Kelsey
Thank you so very much for all the special care you have given me in the replacement of both of my knees. You are a blessing to all the lives you touch.
— Patient Joan D.
You're someone who doesn't compromise on being the person only you could be, someone who doesn't hold back on sharing the gifts only you can give. My knee is working wonderfully because of you and your team. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Patient Heather M.
Dr. Christal, you are amazing! Thank you so much for the fine surgery you performed on my right knee! I, along with everyone else I've talked to, feel I am recovering very well and fast. It's only been 9 days since my surgery and I'm already walking without assistance. I just want you to know how pleased I am with the outcome. Thank you!
— Sincerely, Lola C.
Dr. Christal, in addition to being an incredible surgeon, you listened, you cared, you got the job done! You will never know how much I appreciate you. There are no words.
— Patient Jackie
Dr. Christal, you are an amazing doctor. I have never felt so wonderful after major surgery. I appreciate your expertise in joint replacements. I had expected my recovery to be more painful than it has been. I am so thankful that you are my doctor.
— Thank you, Annette R.
Dr. Christal, I appreciate your excellent care. I feel very fortunate to have found you! You're very personable, informative, and inspire confidence in yourself. My "life after retirement" has been on pause since March, but now we can press the "fast forward" button! Thank you so much for your care.
— Sincerely, Tom S.
Dr. Christal, I want to thank you for giving me a second chance for a quality of life. When I came here last fall, I could hardly walk. I was in so much pain. Now that you replaced both hips in a little over 3 months, I feel great! Thank you so much for taking such good care of me. You are a great doctor.
— Patient Vicky C.
Dr. Aric Christal, I want to thank you again for your expert skill in my hip surgery. One week after the work was done, I am feeling great and it is quite the relief. You are a very kind and compassionate doctor. And a great guy, too!
— Thank you so very much, Brad E.
Dr. Christal, when I asked several nurses what was going well, they enthusiastically named you and your pain management approach that reduces the pain experienced by your patients and gets them home sooner. Additionally, they appreciate your partnership with them in providing clear orders and discharge instructions.
— Sincerely, Cathy C.
Dr. Christal, I am very grateful that you made room in your schedule this summer for my surgery. Your staff made it much easier to prepare for surgery and were especially supportive. Your skill as a surgeon has made my recovery so much easier. Thank you for all you do!
— Patient Karen J.
Dr. Christal, the knee is doing well, even after 13.1 miles!
— Thanks again, Karen
I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. My right hip is perfect! I have appreciated your professionalism, your care, your communication, and your smiles!
— Thank you, Barbara M.
Dr. Christal and staff, I am so grateful to each of you for your contribution towards making my hip replacement a positive and life-changing experience. When I began the process, I was discouraged and in considerable pain, and now I am pain-free and am well on my way to getting my life back. Your professionalism and kindness will never be forgotten.
— Sincerely, Jeanne B.
Dr. Christal, thank you for my new knee! It's been 8 months and I am better than new!
— Patient Alexis E.
I appreciate you, your skills, your professionalism and smile! I am thankful for the EDOC staff and Swedish staff. Smiles everywhere. I will be recommending you to everyone!
— Patient Daniel C.
Thank you! My new knee is already better than what I had. Yippee!
— Patient Kay M.
Dr. Christal, I am singing your praises. What a different experience from the last time - like night and day! Thank you for a new knee and all that it means to a woman of my age. I will be back hiking the trails out of Anchorage once again - thanks to your skill and caring.
— Sincerely, Trudy D.
Thank you for your care of my husband. He has had a couple tough years pain-wise, and I'm relieved to see him with such good results. I can relate because I've had both hips replaced in the early 2000s. It was day and night results.
— Sincerely, Priscilla M.
Six years ago, I had a right hip replaced with a fine doctor now retired. I recently had my left hip replaced with Dr. Aric Christal and his staff at Edmonds Swedish Hospital. The transformation from then to now is overwhelming. It is like going through a car wash; you start in the dumps and you come out feeling better with a clean car. While in the recovery room waiting for space upstairs, I had the privilege of waking up in the middle of a room surrounded by profession, bonny smiles on doctors and nurses. We had lunch together; they did their duties and put up with this 83-year-old guy, all in stride. I went upstairs feeling much younger than I was. There are not enough words to bestow my gratitude for Dr. Christal, his staff and associates on the Fifth Floor. I was honored to be cared for in that friendly manner. I felt so good that I stopped on the way home from the hospital for some groceries.
— Patient Johnny C.
My daily routine is smooth. I am able to walk, hike, and bike for several hours without discomfort. I can also swim without any discomfort or loss of motion. Both my overall health and quality of life have greatly improved now that I can do the activities that I enjoy without pain or the anticipation of discomfort.
— My thanks, Art B.
I had a great experience with Dr. Christal and the Edmonds Orthopedic Center. I really appreciate all of the time Dr. Christal spent with me answering my questions and educating me about my options before my surgery. The surgery went smoothly and I can't believe how great I feel now. I would happily recommend him to all of my friends and family.
I had a knee replacement several years ago by another surgeon, but it never felt quite right. It would buckle, swell and hurt all the time. I couldn't find anyone to diagnose or fix the problem. Until Dr Christal. He figured out what was wrong (when no one else could) and redid my knee (when no one else would). Thanks for listening and believing. Now I'm back on my feet again.
I had my knee replaced earlier this year by Dr Christal and have been very pleased with the whole process. I first met him at a public seminar on joint replacement, which he offers through Swedish Edmonds hospital. My clinic visits were smooth, The office staff wonderful, and Dr Christal always willing to spend as much time with me as I needed. I felt very informed throughout the entire process. My hospital stay was seamless and now I have a new knee! My pain before the procedure limited my activities every day, but now I am taking walks every day and out in my garden without any troubles. Thanks Dr Christal and the Edmonds Orthopedic staff!!
I just had my second knee replacement (the first was done elsewhere). SO much easier this time around. The hospital staff was wonderful and all said they would choose Dr Christal as their surgeon. The best part was that I went home the same day as surgery! Now I'm a few weeks out and making great progress. Thanks Dr Christal and the rest of the team!