If you like to be active, there’s nothing worse having a knee, shoulder, back or hip that won’t move like it should. If you suffer from any debilitating condition of the joints, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments or cartilage, the orthopedic specialists at Memorial Satilla Health can help get your body moving again.

Using the latest treatments and surgical procedures to stop your pain and increase your activity, we offer comprehensive care, from diagnosis, treatment and management to rehabilitation for your whole body.

Areas of Specialty

Our staff includes surgeons specializing in hand surgery, joint replacement, foot and ankle problems and sports medicine in addition to general orthopedic procedures involving the shoulders, knees and hips.

Specialty areas include:

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Joint trauma
  • Arthroscopic procedures for faster recovery
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Hand surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Ulnar nerve releases
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Arthritic conditions

Common Procedures

Total Hip Replacement

When cartilage in the hip joint wears away with age, surgeons can restore range of motion and eliminate joint pain with metal or plastic covering for raw, arthritic bone ends. Hip replacement surgery is only recommended after careful diagnosis of your joint problem.

Revision of Total Hip Replacement

The major indications of a revision hip replacement are hip instability (dislocation), infections, component failure due to wear/tear and hip pain.

Total Knee Replacement

When cartilage has worn away over the years, leaving a raw, arthritic knee joint, surgeons can use plastic or metal covering to restore range of motion, help eliminate pain and allow the patient to move easily with less discomfort. Knee replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of joint problem. Arthroscopic or microscopic surgery is not helpful once arthritis is advance. Anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections rarely give the same long-term relief that knee replacement does.

Revision of Total Knee Replacement

Knee replacements occasionally require subsequent operations to correct problems related to polyethylene wear (plastic), infection, loosening of one or more of the components, ligament injury, fracture or kneecap (patella) dislocation.

Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Less invasive than a full knee replacement, this operation replaces only the portions of the joint most damaged by arthritis. This can have significant advantages, especially in younger patients who may require a second artificial knee replacement as the first one begins to wear out.

Total Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the glenohumeral joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Shoulder replacement can relieve arthritis pain or repair severe physical joint damage.

Partial (Hemi) Shoulder Replacement

Hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure which replaces one half of the joint with an artificial surface and leaves the other part in its natural (pre-operative) state.

Why is Total Joint Replacement Necessary?

The goal is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by damage done to the cartilage. The pain may be so severe a person will avoid using the joint, weakening the muscles around the joint and make it even more difficult to move the joint. A physical examination, possibly including laboratory test and x-rays, will show the extent of damage to the joint. Total joint replacement will be considered if other treatment options will not relieve your pain and disability.

A growing number of people with reduced mobility or pain are being helped by total joint replacement surgery, where an injured or damage knee or hip joint is replaced with a durable artificial joint. These joints are extremely light weight and durable and many patients experience years of improved motion as a result of their surgery.

Sports Medicine

If a sports injury or medical condition has sidelined you from your favorite activity, our sports medicine specialists at Memorial Satilla Health use the most advanced methods to evaluate and treat injuries and enhance your performance in professional, nonprofessional and recreational athletes of all ages. Our goal is to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.