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Find high-quality care for your bones, joints, and muscles at UNC Health Johnston in Smithfield, North Carolina. Work with experienced orthopedic surgeons who help you live and move more freely and comfortably.

What Does an Orthopedic Surgeon Do?

Orthopedic surgeons are experts in your musculoskeletal system—your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. You may also hear them called orthopedists or orthopedic doctors. They have advanced training to perform complex surgeries. But they also diagnose and treat injuries and other conditions without surgery.

When to See an Orthopedist

You may benefit from seeing an orthopedist if you experience:

  • Bone or muscle tumors
  • Broken bones
  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Hand, wrist, or elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Musculoskeletal conditions present at birth
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries, including concussion

Visit our health library to learn more about bone, joint, and muscle health.

Nonsurgical Orthopedic Care

Rest assured, your orthopedist will start your care with nonsurgical treatments whenever possible. Depending on your condition, your care plan may include:

Orthopedic Surgery

When surgery is the best treatment for your condition, stay close to home by choosing UNC Health Johnston. You’ll benefit from a team with experience providing care during a wide range of orthopedic procedures, including:

  • Bone fracture repair
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand and wrist surgery, including trigger finger release and carpal tunnel release
  • Hip surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Knee surgery, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Shoulder surgery

Arthroscopic Surgery

Trust doctors with experience performing arthroscopic knee, shoulder, and ankle surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach to diagnosing and treating joint problems. During arthroscopy, your doctor makes a very small incision, and then uses pencil-sized tools to see and treat your joint.

If you’re a candidate for arthroscopic surgery, you may benefit from:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller scars

Home Health Care

After an orthopedic injury or surgery, recover safely in the comfort of your own home. If your physician orders home health care, explore home health care services from UNC Health Johnston.

Prepare for Surgery

Learn how to schedule your procedure and get ready for surgery at UNC Health Johnston.

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