Frequently Asked Questions

We specialize in providing a patient-centered approach to your orthopedic care. Below are a few questions we receive regularly. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, simply give our team a call and we will get you the answers you need to ensure your peace of mind.

How Do I Prepare for My Joint Replacement Surgery?

It is important to give yourself time to prepare for the physical, psychological, and social aspects of joint replacement surgery. Planning ahead for the challenges of surgery and recovery will help ensure a more successful outcome. Below is a list of select key items to that may help speed up the intake process and your recovery:

  • Learn about the procedure.
  • Collect your personal and medical information, including legal arrangements, if appropriate.
  • Get in shape prior to your surgery. This can lessen the risk of complications during surgery and speed up your recovery.
  • Plan for your return to your home, including your support network.

Your Orthopaedics East Care Team is here to help ensure you or your loved one are prepared prior to your surgery and for your recovery. Below are a few great articles if you are interested in learning more:

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Questions Patients Should Ask Their Surgeon

Preparing for Surgery: Health Conditions Checklist

What Is Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery?

With minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, specialized techniques (e.g., anterior hip replacement) and instrumentation enable the physician to perform major surgery with a smaller incision, causing less trauma to the surrounding soft tissues.

Minimally invasive joint replacement is appropriate for some patients because of its potential for shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and less scarring. However, minimally invasive surgery is not the right procedure for everyone, and only your orthopedic physician can determine its benefits for you.

What Is Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery?

Advancements in medical technology, technique and pain management have made it possible for some patients to have joint replacement surgery in the outpatient setting. Some patients are able to return home on the same day as surgery. This can offer many benefits to patients who are candidates for outpatient joint replacement, including lower risk of infection, quicker return to normal activities, higher satisfaction, and a more comfortable recovery at home.

What Is a Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision. It is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems. Arthroscopy is used in treating numerous chronic conditions and injuries, including:

  • Labral Tears
  • Bone Spurs
  • Injuries to the Cartilage Surfaces
  • Hip Instability
  • Ligamentum Teres Injuries
  • Snapping Hip Syndromes (internal and external)
  • Loose Body Removal

Hip arthroscopy can also be used as a diagnostic tool for long-standing, unresolved issues that cannot be clearly visualized by other imaging tests like X-ray or MRI. The benefits of this advanced, minimally invasive treatment are vast, and our surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in this advanced technique.

Why Should You or a Loved One Choose Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center?

Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center is Eastern North Carolina’s leader in orthopedic care and sports performance:

  • Our practice performs over 1,000 hip and knee replacements annually.
  • We are the Official Team Physicians for East Carolina University Athletics.
  • Ninety-seven percent of our patients would refer a friend or family member to our practice.
  • Our orthopedic surgeons have, collectively, been providing orthopedic care to their neighbors in Pitt County and Eastern North Carolina for over 115 years!
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