Total Joint Replacement, Wilmington, NC | Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists

We are happy to announce that Doug Messina, MD, and Shawn Fitzgerald, PA-C, are now seeing patients at our Oak Island satellite office, along with Dr. Fortun!

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Adult Reconstructive Surgery & Total Joint Replacement at CSM

Dr. Craig Lippe is Carolina Sports Medicine’s Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialist. With 11 years’ experience in Wilmington and the surrounding areas, Dr. Lippe has successfully performed thousands of total joint replacements. This has made him a leading provider in adult reconstructive care.

Offering the latest advancements in joint replacement surgery, Dr. Lippe is an expert in minimally invasive techniques.

For individuals needing reconstructive surgery, total joint replacement is often the preferred treatment. The goal of joint replacement is to relieve pain caused by damaged cartilage within the joint.

Dr. Lippe replaces damaged areas of the joint with metal and plastic surfaces, restoring movement and function. Joint replacements are most common in hips and knees but are also effective for shoulders and elbows.



Total Hip Replacement

A total hip replacement (THA) is performed under anesthesia. Dr. Lippe removes the arthritic bone from the hip and replaces it with an artificial joint. This results in immediate reduction in pain and improved range of motion and function.



Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement (TKA) is also performed under anesthesia. In this procedure, the doctor removes damaged cartilage and replaces it with a prosthetic joint. Afterward, the patient will experience increased mobility and resolution of pain.

We are now able to provide outpatient total knee replacement procedures for eligible patients. This means no overnight stay in the hospital and the opportunity to have the procedure done in an ambulatory surgery center if desired. This could result in substantial cost savings for the patient.



Recovery Process

While recovery from joint replacement surgery depends on numerous factors, including severity of joint damage and level of patient mobility pre-surgery, exercising and rebuilding the muscles surrounding the affected joint are important components of the process. Our team will place you on the right track through recommended follow-up strategies to implement both in our office and at home.



Interested in learning more about total hip replacement or total knee replacement?
Click on the image below to view our Patient Education videos specifically for these procedures, or call our office at (910)799-0110

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