Augusta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine 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 706-863-9797 or request an appointment online.
Anterior Hip Replacement
Dr. John Bojescul, our anterior hip replacement specialist, trained with one of the leaders in anterior hip replacement. He has over 3 years of experience with this procedure, and often participates in lectures to educate patients about the benefits of joint replacement. Dr. Bojescul has found that anterior hip replacement offers many benefits over traditional hip replacement, including quicker recovery, less pain, and lower risk of dislocation. This allows patients to return to normal activities more quickly.
Cervical Disc Replacement
Though it is a newer procedure, our board certified spine specialist Dr. Justin Bundy has over 8 years of experience in cervical disc replacement. He performs an average of 40 or more cervical disc replacements each year. Cervical disc replacement may be an option for patients with degenerated or bulging discs in the neck, as an alternative to a spinal fusion. Unlike a spinal fusion, cervical disc replacement preserves motion in the spine, which leads to fewer restrictions after surgery and a lower rate of degeneration over time.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Dr. Richard Pope, our board certified hand and upper extremity specialist, has extensive experience in endoscopic carpal tunnel release. With over 13 years in private practice, Dr. Pope has treated over 1,000 patients with this procedure over the course of his career. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release may be recommended for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome that has not improved with nonsurgical treatments. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release relieves pressure in the carpal tunnel, alleviating symptoms and reducing the risk of permanent nerve damage.
Fracture & Trauma Care
Augusta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists offers 24/7 fracture and trauma care in the event of a sudden after-hours injury. Our fracture and trauma specialist, Dr. David Gallagher, has over 12 years of experience in treating fractures and traumatic injuries. Prior to entering private practice, he also worked with a trauma specialist and has educated residents on trauma care. He currently serves as Director of Orthopedic Trauma at Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta. Dr. Gallagher can assist with both emergency care and ongoing care needs while you heal.
Dr. John Bojescul, our board certified and fellowship trained sports medicine specialist, is an expert in hip arthroscopy with over 20 years of experience. He received his training with leaders in the field of arthroscopy, and is able to bring that expertise to patients here in Augusta. Hip arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat certain conditions that cause hip pain, like femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears. This minimally invasive procedure helps to alleviate hip pain for many patients with these conditions, so that they are able to return to normal activities.
Partial Knee Replacement
Dr. John Franklin, a joint replacement specialist, is our expert in partial knee replacement. With 11 years in practice and fellowship training in knee replacement from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Franklin has extensive experience in this procedure. Partial knee replacement may be a great option for patients with arthritis limited to one section, or compartment, of the knee. In the right patients, partial knee replacement can lead to a quicker recovery with less pain after surgery as compared to a total knee replacement. Many patients also report that a partial knee replacement feels more “normal,” as the healthy compartments of the knee remain intact.
Total Ankle Replacement
Dr. Stephen White is our fellowship trained total ankle replacement specialist. Dr. White trained under some of the pioneers in total ankle replacement at a prestigious facility specializing in foot and ankle surgery. In the right patients, total ankle replacement can be a great alternative to ankle fusion, the procedure traditionally used to treat end-stage ankle arthritis. Total ankle replacement preserves motion in the ankle, reducing stress on the other joints in the foot and ankle.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Dr. Nicholas Capito, our board certified and fellowship trained shoulder and elbow surgeon, specializes in shoulder replacement surgery. He is trained in conventional total shoulder replacement to relieve pain and restore function in patients with shoulder arthritis, as well as reverse total shoulder replacement to help patients with rotator cuff deficiencies. Most patients who undergo total shoulder replacement experience great pain relief and improved function, and are able to return to their normal activities after recovery.