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Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our
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Appalachian Regional Healthcare System asks that anyone sick with the flu or flu-like symptoms voluntarily refrain from visiting family and friends who are patients at Cannon  [ ... ]

Health Alert - Respiratory (Flu) Virus and Stomach Viruses

The flu virus is considered "widespread" in North Carolina according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NC region which includes the High Country has the t [ ... ]

A letter from our new CEO, Chuck Mantooth

  Dear High Country Community, On Friday, January 27, 2017, I assumed the role of President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. First, let me say that I  [ ... ]

Blood Drive at Cannon Memorial Hospital - March 9

March 9, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Yvonne Mack, Looks to New Opportunities

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Longest-serving employee at Cannon Memorial Hospital retires after 51 years

Can you remember your first teenage job interview? For most of us, we can recall the “permission to borrow the family car” discussion with dad followed by unsolici [ ... ]

A Blowing Rock story: Connected at birth, together through life

Few relationships in life are more meaningful than those established at birth. This was certainly the case for Lorrine Miller, when in September 1951 she was delivered by Dr.  [ ... ]

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Orthopedic Services - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

At Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), we offer an extensive variety of treatment approaches including surgical and non-surgical treatments to your orthopaedic injuries and conditions. Our providers are committed to a conservative and non-operative treatment approach first, as they recognize that many injuries and conditions do not require surgery. Nonetheless, non-operative approaches are not always successful or sometimes even indicated. The orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Ekman and Dr. DeVault specialize in arthroscopy, joint replacement, minimally invasive surgery, hand surgery and advanced knee and shoulder technology.


Services

AppOrtho offers the following primary services. Click here for a full list of Orthopaedic Surgery Services 

Orthopaedic Surgery General Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

 

Arthroscopy of Large & Small Joints

Joint Replacement

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Hand Surgery

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Advanced Knee, Ankle, Shoulder & Hip Technology

General orthopaedic consultation

Non-Operative Treatment of Orthopaedic Injuries & Conditions

Ultrasound Diagnostics/Guided Injections

Physical Rehabilitation Consultation

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy*

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*Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, an innovative technique in which a concentrated dose of proteins –
derived from a patient's own blood supply – is injected into an injury site to speed healing.

 


 

Locations

Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic
& Sports Medicine Center (AppOrtho)

870 State Farm Road, Suite 100
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 386-2663

 

The Rehabilitation Center
Non-Surgical Approach

Boone
232 Boone Heights Drive, Suite A
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 268-9043

Linville

434 Hospital Drive
Linville, NC 28646
(828) 737-7520


Non-Surgical Approach

Depending on your needs, your non-operative treatment approach might include injections, rehabilitation (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy) or a combination of both. The Rehabilitation Center at ARHS offers a comprehensive array of services from highly trained orthopaedic physical therapists whose patients' functional outcomes rank in the top 5% in the nation. For more information on joint specific outcomes at The Rehabilitation Center click here.


Joint Replacement Program

The Joint Replacement Program educates patients on what to expect before, during and after a joint replacement surgery at Watauga Medical Center. Patients meet with their recovery period primary caregiver for approximately one hour. Classes focus on those patients who are having hip and knee replacement surgery and provide an opportunity for patients and their coaches to ask questions.

It is important that the coach, as well as the patient, know what to expect before, during and after surgery. Knowing what the patient will be experiencing after surgery and during physical and occupational therapy will allow the coach to provide support and encouragement to the patient.

Patients are scheduled for a class a few days (up to 10 days) prior to their scheduled surgery date. Staff representing nursing, anesthesia, physical and occupational therapy and discharge planning teach the class. Preparing for surgery is key to a smooth recovery process.

If you are scheduled for joint replacement surgery at Watauga Medical Center, please download the Joint Replacement Guide.