The joint replacement service is headed by Dr. Bernard Kemker. Dr. Kemker is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and head of the joint replacement service for Carolina Regional Orthopaedics. He is affiliated with UNC Nash Hospital in Rocky Mount. Dr. Kemker performs hip, knee and shoulder replacement, along with revision of knee and hip replacement.
Joint replacement is a procedure of orthopaedic surgery where an arthritic (or dysfunctional) joint is replaced with an orthopaedic prosthesis. This is considered as a treatment when severe joint pain or dysfunction is not alleviated by less invasive therapies. It is a form of arthroplasty, and is often indicated for various joint diseases. Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common, and knees and hips are considered the body parts most often replaced. Individuals who are candidates for joint replacement surgery often have severe joint pain, muscle weakness, limited motion, and swelling, as the most common factors. Depending on the joint that is affected and the amount of damage, patients may have trouble with ordinary activities and mobility.
Joint replacement surgery is a highly effective way to eliminate joint pain, correct a deformity, and help improve a patient's overall range of motion. It is also considered a viable option to treat advanced arthritis.