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
Minimally Invasive 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.
870 State Farm Road, Suite 100
Boone, NC 28607
The Rehabilitation Center
434 Hospital Drive
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.