Age, stress, and disease can make joints stiffen similarly to the way wear can cause stiffness and squeaking in old hinges. The Triangle Orthopaedic joint replacement team understands a full range of hip, knee and shoulder problems associated with sports, aging, trauma, and arthritis. We utilize the latest research, technology and techniques to provide the right treatment at the right time for each patient.

Our goal is to reduce joint pain and restore joint function to improve patients' mobility and quality of life. Our skilled physicians routinely perform partial and total knee and hip replacements, hip resurfacing as well as revisions of hip and knee replacements.

Non-surgical options include anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and joint fluid injections. Joint pain can also be relieved with new minimally invasive surgical procedures like joint realignment, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopy, which require only tiny incisions and a few stitches.

Total joint replacement substitutes an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. This is an important treatment option for severe joint pain and stiffness. The artificial joint is designed to move just like a healthy human joint by relieving pain and restoring normal function.

If you are having your surgery at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, NCSH offers a Preadmission Total Joint Class held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm for prospective total hip and total knee replacement patients and their families. You can read more about this class and sign up to attend here.

Learn more about our new MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure using the Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.

Bundled Payments for Care Improvement

Triangle Orthopaedics has multiple programs to help contain costs and improve care. Please contact us to find out more information at 919-281-1720

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Total Joint Specialists

Philip E. Clifford, MD
Douglas B Freels, MD
Brett J. Gilbert, MD
Richard P. Holm, MD
Ralph A. Liebelt, MD
Michael Merz, MD
Richard M. Slusher, DO

Common surgeries performed by our total joint specialists include:

Pelvis and Hip Joint

  • Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement (Artificial Hip)
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Prosthetic Replacement for Hip Fractures
  • Revision of Hip Replacements
  • Conversion of Previous Surgery to Hip Replacements
  • Operative Fixation for Hip Fractures
  • Hip Arthroscopies
  • Hip Osteotomies
  • Hip Arthrodesis (Fusions)



Common Non-Surgical Treatments:

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