Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists has served patients in Augusta and surrounding communities for over 40 years. Each of our surgeons specialize in different practice areas, from joint replacement to upper extremity surgery and foot and ankle surgery. Our surgeons come together to treat a full range of orthopedic conditions, while giving our patients highly-specialized and experienced care in a private practice setting.

Our specialties include, but are not limited to, the procedures below. If you have any questions about our specialties, our expert staff is happy to help. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons, please call Augusta 706-863-9797 Aiken 803-649-2250 or request an appointment online.

Anterior Hip Replacement

If hip arthritis has made it difficult for you to get around and participate in your favorite activities, anterior hip replacement may be an option for you. Anterior hip replacement is a newer approach to hip replacement that improves upon the results of traditional total hip replacement approaches by making recovery easier on the patient.

Drs. John Bojescul, Jeremy Jacobs, Justin Head and Timothy Shannon are our anterior hip replacement specialists at Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists.

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Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement is a procedure that may be used to treat conditions caused by disc degeneration in the cervical spine. Surgery is only considered when symptoms have not improved with conservative treatments, but if surgery is needed, cervical disc replacement can be a great option over the more traditional spinal fusion procedure.

Dr. Justin Bundy and Dr. Ty Carter are our spine specialists at Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists.  Though it is a newer procedure, Drs. Bundy and Carter have years of experience in cervical disc replacements, and performs an average of 40-50 disc replacements each year. They have seen many benefits over the traditional fusion procedure for patients who are good candidates.They and our trained staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure.

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition affecting the hand and forearm. Carpal tunnel can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and forearm. Early on, carpal tunnel can be treated with wrist splints, activity modification, and injections. However, carpal tunnel can get worse over time, and surgery may be necessary to prevent permanent nerve damage.

At Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Richard Pope and Dr. Vaughan Massie are our experts in endoscopic carpal tunnel release. They are board certified hand and upper extremity surgeons in practice for years. The surgeons have performed over 1,000 endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedures over the course of his career. 

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Fracture & Trauma Care

Fractures and other orthopedic injuries can occur with a sudden fall or traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident. Though patients need immediate emergency care to attend to these injuries, followup care is also needed to ensure proper healing.

Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists can cover both your emergency medical care needs with 24/7 trauma coverage, as well as any ongoing care services you need. Our orthopedic specialists have years of experience in private practice with treating orthopedic injuries and see patients for traumatic injuries on a daily basis. 

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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a procedure that helps to diagnose and treat certain problems that cause hip pain. Arthroscopy utilizes a small camera to view the hip, so that a large incision is not needed to complete the surgery. This often leads to less pain after surgery.

Dr. John Bojescul, Dr. Jeremy Jacobs and Dr. Douglas Holford are our hip arthroscopy specialists at Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists. 

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Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

Outpatient total knee replacement allows patients to recover in the comfort of their own homes. This can be a great option for patients who have no preexisting conditions that require overnight monitoring and a strong support team at home.

We work with a local surgical center to offer outpatient knee replacements, which allows our patients to avoid having to go to a hospital for surgery. This can reduce the risk of exposure to contagious conditions and may result in cost savings as compared to an overnight hospital stay. Dr. Franklin, Dr. Gallagher, Dr. Bojescul, Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Massie, and Dr. Head all perform outpatient knee replacements.

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Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement may be a great option for patients with arthritis limited to one section, or compartment, of the knee. Compared to a total knee replacement, a partial knee replacement allows you to retain more of the natural knee joint, which may lead to less pain and a quicker recovery.

Drs. John Franklin, John Bojescul, Jeremy Jacobs, Justin Head, Vaughan Massie, Timothy Shannon, and Douglas Holford specialize in partial knee replacement surgery. 

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Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve) Treatment

Radiculopathy, often called a “pinched nerve,” is a common condition that can occur in the neck, mid, or lower back. In many cases, pinched nerves can be managed and resolved with nonsurgical treatments, though surgery is also an option if needed.

Dr. Tara Swim, our board certified physiatrist at Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists, provides nonsurgical treatment options for pinched nerves based on each patient’s needs and goals. This may include activity modification, physical therapy, medication, and epidural steroid injections. If nonsurgical treatments do not relieve symptoms, our spine surgeons Dr. Dr. Justin Bundy and Dr. Ty Carter can discuss surgical options.

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Robotic Joint Replacement & Spine Surgery

Our surgeons frequently continue their training to bring the best surgical options to patients in our Augusta-Aiken community. Robotic surgery is one of the newest technological developments in the field of orthopedic surgery, with applications in both joint replacement and spine surgery. Robotic surgery can result in more accurate implant or hardware placement and quicker recovery.

Our joint replacement surgeons Dr. John Bojescul, Dr. Justin Head, Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, and Dr. David Gallagher offer robotic surgery options for hip and knee replacements. Spine specialist Dr. Justin Bundy is trained in robotic navigation for lumbar spinal fusions.

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Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common shoulder injuries and most often occur due to wear and tear on the shoulder over time from repetitive stress. A rotator cuff tear can cause significant pain and weakness in the shoulder. Depending on the severity of the tear and the patient’s needs, nonsurgical treatment or surgical repair can help patients get back to normal activities of daily life.

Dr. Nicholas Capito, our board certified shoulder and elbow specialist, is trained in the latest techniques for rotator cuff repair to provide effective minimally invasive surgical options to patients. 

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Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement may be an option for patients in the end stages of ankle arthritis. Though less common than total hip or total knee replacement, total ankle replacement can be very effective at alleviating arthritis symptoms.

Dr. Karim Mahmoud is our foot and ankle specialist at Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists. He has a special interest in ankle replacements and received extensive fellowship training in all aspects of total ankle replacement, including complex procedures and revisions.

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Though a newer procedure than hip or knee replacement, total shoulder replacement has been just as successful in relieving joint pain for patients with arthritis. During a total shoulder replacement, the damaged surfaces of the shoulder joint are replaced with implants designed to improve shoulder function. This provides great pain relief and better quality of life for many patients.

At Augusta-Aiken Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Nicholas Capito is Augusta's only private practice shoulder and elbow specialist. His passion is shoulder replacement surgery and spends significant time working with engineers, product designers, and software developers to help create the most innovative implants on the market. 

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