Orthopedics - St. Mary's Hospital and Health Care System

St. Mary’s is proud to be certified by the Joint Commission as a total knee replacement center and has been ranked by Healthgrades as one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for joint replacement three years in a row.

In addition, St. Mary’s orthopedics program is a recipient of Healthgrades’ Joint Replacement Excellence Award for six years in a row, ranked among the top 5% in the nation for joint replacement six years in a row, is a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for total knee replacement 10 years in a row, and is a Five-Star Recipient for total hip replacement six years in a row.


The Joint Replacement Center at St. Mary’s offers state-of-art services and a staff committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care. We work to help our patients get back to their highest level of function as soon as possible.

This specialized care includes:

  • Extensive patient and family education
  • An individualized plan of care that lets each patient know what to expect at every step from diagnosis to recovery
  • The area’s only inpatient Center for Rehabilitative Medicine providing group interaction, meals and therapy during the patient's hospital stay
  • Outpatient Rehab and post-rehabilitative services through St. Mary’s Wellness Center
  • Joint Support Group to encourage the fullest possible recovery and return to a more active lifestyle

Expertise and advanced care

Orthopedic surgeons at St. Mary’s annually conduct more than 1,500 inpatient surgeries and 1,000 total joint procedures. Physicians from various states and five countries have visited St. Mary’s for training and valuable insight into the most current techniques for minimally invasive surgeries and rapid recoveries.

Your recovery is our mission. St. Mary’s recognizes the unique needs and challenges for patients undergoing and recovering from orthopedic surgery. State-of-the-art equipment and services to support your recovery include Continuous Passive Motion machines, Theracool Cold Therapy System, inpatient rehabilitation, home health care services, outpatient rehabilitation and a wellness center for lifelong maintenance.

For more information on St. Mary’s orthopedic services or continuum of care please call 706-389-3892.

Spine surgery

Spine surgery is an important component of orthopedic surgery. St. Mary's is the first hospital in the Athens area to earn the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Spine Surgery. Learn more about our neck, back & spine services and our O-arm Multidimensional Imaging System.

Anterior Hip Replacements

St. Mary's is offering the anterior approach to hip replacement. Our Orthopedic surgeons have years of expert experience and we are leading the way in Northeast Georgia in Anterior Hip Replacements.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Anterior Hip Replacements at St. Mary's, please call Beth Ricketson, RN at (706)389-3610.