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Surgical Services

Watauga Medical Center performs approximately 5500 cases annually in the High Country of Western North Carolina, allowing for many types of procedures to be done right here without leaving the mountain. "State of the Art Technology" is available in every service.

The primary services performed here are:

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is at the forefront in each service line. MIS focuses on small incisions, faster recovery and quicker return to life's daily activities and job responsibilities.


The Joint Replacement Program:

The Joint Replacement Program began 'Joint Class' in October 2010 at Watauga Medical Center. The class provides pre-op education to patients and their "coach" and takes approximately one hour.

The "coach" is the patient's primary caregiver during the recovery period. 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

The class focuses on patients having hip and knee replacement surgery and provides an opportunity for patients and their coaches to ask questions

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 occupation 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 click here to download the Joint Replacement Guide.

For more information, contact Joan Messner.

Knee Replacement

Hip Replacement

Pain Management