Award-Winning Care At Optim’s Hip and Knee Centers Of Excellence

award winning care

Our state-of-the-art facilities are accredited and have received numerous awards for our unmatched safety record and compassionate care. Optim Health System’s network of highly trained medical staff and board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians offer comprehensive, specialized treatment. Our specialty-focused facilities and medical teams affords our patients, in both larger metropolitan and rural areas of our region, access to the uniquely safe, high-quality, compassionate and personalized care that sets the standard in today’s healthcare marketplace. So, from the time you enter the Shoulder Center of Excellence to the moment you leave you can expect superior care.

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What is the Hip?

The hip is a ball and socket joint and is located in a complex area of the body. Orthopedic sports medicine doctors and joint replacement specialists provide care for patients with hip injuries and pain. Hip pain can arise at any age – for younger, active patients hip pain usually stems for an injury to the hip. As we age, the cartilage may wear out and that opens the door for arthritis to set into the hip joint. Joint replacement specialists evaluate and treat these patients and offer traditional, minimally invasive, and revision surgeries to replace the hip joint, alleviate pain and restore motion.

Common conditions that lead to hip pain

Hip Fractures

Hip Impingement (FAI)

Labral Tears in the Hip

Snapping Hip

Hip Arthritis

Femoral Fractures

Stress Fractures of the Hip

Gluteus Medius Tears

Hip Flexor Strain

Piriformis Syndrome

Arthritis and osteoarthritis

Stop suffering from joint pain and get back to the life you love

Life’s too short to live with achy and stiff joints. If joint pain in your knee or hip has you down, it’s time to get help and you’ve found the right place. Our team of board certified and fellowship trained surgeons are experts in joint replacement procedures. They offer the latest techniques and innovative solutions to make sure they can find the right choice for each patient’s individual needs. We are proud to as DNV GL-Healthcare Certified Hip & Knee Center of Excellence and to be named among the Top 5% in the Nation for joint replacement for seven consistent years and among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for the past eight years running [2021].

10 signs that you may need a joint replacement

You experience pain in your joint daily

The pain wakes you up or disturb your sleep at night

A change in weather makes your pain worse

You have difficultly climbing stairs or getting up from a seated position

You take medication daily for pain

You have stopped doing activities that you once enjoyed because of pain

Your joint is stiff or swollen

You are limping when you walk or using an aid to walk

Using the stairs is difficult

You are losing range of motion in your joint

Optim’s medical staff team will recommend the best approach for you

Optim’s medical staff team of joint replacement surgeons will be able to recommend the best approach for you, based on your specific needs. Minimally invasive knee and hip replacements, as well as, robotic joint replacement procedures, are the hallmark of surgeons who are joint replacement experts. Minimally invasive joint replacements utilize special training, special equipment and positioning to perform knee and hip replacements in a way that allows for less soft tissue or muscle injury and smaller incisions. For the patient, that generally means less pain and a shorter recovery time. Whether it’s your first joint replacement or you are here for a complex or revision joint replacement the attention to detail and care is the same. Optim is known regionally for exceptional outcomes and a lower risk of infection.

Our doctors are specialize in

Total knee replacement

Partial knee replacement

Minimally invasive knee replacement

Hip replacement

Minimally invasive (anterior approach) hip replacement

Same-day joint replacement

Mako SmartRobotics ™ Joint Replacement


Complex or Revision Joint Replacement

Arthroscopic Hip and Knee Surgery


Don G. Aaron, MD

Optim Orthopedics

Thomas Alexander, MD

Optim Orthopedics

J. Kevin Brooks, MD

Southern Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Jonathan Christy, MD

Optim Orthopedics

M. Delan Gaines, MD

Optim Orthopedics

Patrick G. Hanson, MD

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall

Charles Hope, II, MD

Optim Orthopedics

David N. Palmer, MD

Optim Orthopedics

David M. Sedory, MD

Optim Orthopedics

Robert “Bobby” Shelley, Jr, MD

Optim Orthopedics

J. Casey Spivey, MD

Spivey Orthopedic Clinic

C. Mark Spivey, MD

Spivey Orthopedic Clinic

George Sutherland, Jr., MD

Optim Orthopedics

W. Stephen Tankersley, MD

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall

James W. Wilson, Jr., MD

Optim Orthopedics

Kent E. Woo, MD

Optim Orthopedics

Chad T. Zehms, MD

Optim Orthopedics