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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 names Chuck Mantooth as its new CEO

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously on October 27, 2016 to appoint Charles Franklin "Chuck" Mantooth, 49, as President &  [ ... ]

Cancer Could not Steal Faith from Laura McClure

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Laura’s [ ... ]

Behavioral Health Services set to move and improve this fall

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Outpatient Behavioral Health offices are merging. The Boone office will move into the Linville office, located in the Sloop Medi [ ... ]

Pink Day 2016
Oct 28, 2016
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Diabetes Health Fair and Talk
Nov 12, 2016
08:00AM - 10:45AM
Grand Opening: Davant Medical Clinic and Village Pharmacy
Nov 15, 2016
12:00PM - 03:00PM
3rd Annual Lighting of the Tree
Dec 15, 2016
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Blood Drive: Watauga Medical Center
Dec 21, 2016
10:00AM - 02:30PM
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.  [ ... ]

A behind the scenes look at the hospital after dark

Few patients when entering the hospital consider all of the “behind the scenes” staff working on their behalf.

Piano playing nurse makes life better for patients at Watauga Medical Center

Many thoughts come to mind when contemplating a trip to the hospital. Where should I park? What time is surgery? Will the cafeteria food be good? Fortunately, for patients at  [ ... ]

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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.


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*


*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.




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

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


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.