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JOINT REPLACEMENT

The joint replacement service is headed by Dr. Robert Martin and Dr. David Miller. Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and heads the joint replacement service for Carolina Regional Orthopedics at UNC Nash Hospital Joint Replacement Center in Rocky Mount. Dr. Martin performs Hip, Knee, and Shoulder replacement along with the revision of knee replacement.

Dr. Miller heads the joint replacement service at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro. Dr. Miller performs Hip and Knee replacement.

Joint Replacement is a procedure of orthopedic surgery in which an arthritic or dysfunctional joint is replaced with an orthopedic prosthesis. This is considered as a treatment when severe joint pain or dysfunction is not alleviated by less-invasive therapies. It is a form of arthroplasty and is often indicated for various joint diseases. Joint Replacement surgery is becoming more common with knees and hips considered the body parts most often replaced. Individuals who are candidates for joint replacement surgery often have severe joint pain, muscle weakness, limited motion, and swelling, as the most common factors. Depending on the joint that is affected and the amount of damage, patients may have trouble with ordinary activities and mobility.

Joint Replacement surgery is a highly effective way for pain management of the joint, correcting a deformity, and helping improve the patient's overall movement. It is also considered a viable option to treat advanced arthritis.