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Total Joint Replacement for the Raleigh Community

Total Joint Replacement - Did You Know?

Each year in the United States, more than 400,000 total hip and knee replacement procedures are performed. Raleigh Orthopaedic is responsible for about 2,000 joint replacements annually.

Total Joint Replacement Surgeons in Wake County

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s board-certified, fellowship-trained total joint replacement surgeons bring together years of experience to manage and treat joint complications resulting from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, musculoskeletal disease, and joint trauma.

 

Total joint replacements are performed at our surgical centers in Raleigh and Panther Creek.

Do You Need Joint Replacement?

  • Do you hurt every day of the week?
  • Is your non-operative treatment no longer effective?
  • Are you willing to commit to work hard during rehabilitation for a successful recovery?
  • Is your pain in charge of your life?

Signs you need a joint replacement

  • Joint pain during activity
  • Delayed joint pain after activity
  • Pain that interrupts sleep
  • Stiffness in your joint that makes it difficult to sit for long periods of time
  • Inflammation and swelling in your joint

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with a Raleigh Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeon.

Joint Replacement Procedures

The following surgeries are examples of joint replacement procedures commonly performed by the surgeons and Raleigh Orthopaedic.

Total Hip Replacement

The most common cause of chronic hip pain is arthritis. Total hip replacement surgery involves removing the diseased portion of the hip joint. An artificial hip, known as a prosthesis, replaces it. Our total joint specialists work closely with our patients to utilize all non-operative treatments available prior to discussing total hip replacement surgery.

Total Knee Replacement

The most common cause of chronic knee pain is arthritis. Total knee replacement surgery involves removing the diseased portion of the knee joint and resurfacing the ends of the bones with a new prosthesis. Our total joint specialists work closely with our patients to pursue non-operative treatments before considering total knee replacement surgery.

Partial Knee Replacement

During a partial knee replacement, also known as a unicompartmental knee replacement, only a portion of the knee is resurfaced. There are three compartments in a knee joint: a medial and lateral compartment between the ends of the thigh (femur) and shin (tibia) bones and the third compartment behind the kneecap. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients who have only one of the compartments in the knee joint affected by arthritis. Our total joint specialists can resurface in just that one compartment, leaving the other two healthy compartments untouched.

Are you ready for joint replacement?

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Schedule an appointment with a Raleigh Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeon.

Total Joint Replacement Surgery in the Raleigh Area

For those in need of total joint replacement surgery, we have two surgery centers in Raleigh and Panther Creek. Prior to your surgery, you will need to meet with one of our joint replacement surgeons at one of our clinics in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Spring, or West Cary-Panther Creek. 

Additional Information for your Joint Replacement Appointment

  • Aetna / Coventry
  • Alignment HC
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/ Tricare East
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Prime Health
  • United Healthcare

 

Please come to your first appointment 30 minutes early with your photo ID, insurance card, and if applicable, any images or scans related to your visit. If your insurance plan has a copay, that will be collected at time of check-in. At your first appointment with Raleigh Orthopaedic, you will be expected to complete new patient forms, including a medical history questionnaire. You can update your demographics and fill out your new patient forms prior to your appointment through our Patient Portal. These forms will be used to get a baseline overview of pre-existing conditions and a better initial understanding of where and how you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. Conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes may all impact both diagnosis and treatment plan options.

On the day of your scheduled surgery, please arrive at the surgery center 90 minutes before your appointment time. In case of a change to your scheduled time, our team will keep you informed with as much advance notice as possible. Avoid food and water after midnight the night before your surgery. Please contact the surgeon’s office if you are experiencing fever, chest cold, diarrhea, or vomiting the day before your appointment.

Please discuss with your physician which medications are acceptable to take ahead of your surgery. These may include:

  • Cardiac/heart medications (especially Beta blocker medications)
  • Most anti-hypertensives (blood pressure medications)
  • Cholesterol medications
  • Bronchodilators (inhaled medications for the lungs)
  • Reflux and heartburn medications (Prilosec, Nexium, Zantac, Protonix but NOT Tums, Rolaids, or similar chalky medications)
  • Anticonvulsants (seizure medications)
  • Thyroid replacement (Synthroid and others)
  • Steroids (prednisone and others)
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Parkinson disease medications
  • Birth control pills
  • Opioids or narcotic medications if needed for pain control and only if they do not contain ibuprofen

For additional recommendations, please visit the day of surgery page on the surgery center website.

If you are in need of emergency medical care for an orthopaedic issue, please go to UNC Rex Hospital. Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopaedic trauma at all hours of the day. In the case that you are having problems related to your joint replacement surgery, please communicate the name of your surgeon to the emergency room staff.

Explore other Services Available at Raleigh Orthopaedic

Are you in need of total joint replacement surgery but are also seeking additional orthopedic care? Raleigh Orthopaedic also provides the following orthopedic services and specialties to the Triangle Community.

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