Center for Orthopedics



From sports-related injuries to bones and joints in need of repair, our Center for Orthopedics leads the way to recovery. The Center is known for both its surgical expertise and its rehabilitation capabilities, as well as for its high quality total hip and knee replacement programs. 

With our team of specialists, our completely renovated surgical suites and newly completed orthopedic patient rooms, and our nationally recognized* inpatient rehab program, Catawba Valley Medical Center’s orthopedics program can provide the care you or your loved one needs. From knee or hip replacement to spine surgery and arthroscopic joint repair, we offer a complete program to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, right here in Hickory.

The Center takes an integrated approach to diagnosis, treatment and recovery – including the following specialty areas:

Sports Medicine Program
Provides a comprehensive line of services ranging from fitness and injury prevention to surgical intervention and outpatient rehabilitation.

Center for Rehabilitation
Offers inpatient and outpatient therapies including physical and occupation therapy, state speech language pathology, prosthetics/orthotics, industrial medicine and cardiac rehabilitation.

Computer-Assisted Surgeryo-ring-4_web
The Center utilizes two innovative computer-assisted surgery systems for orthopedic surgery. The new image-based navigation systems allow the surgeon to track the movement of instruments in difficult-to-access, hard-to-visualize spaces, which may enable smaller incisions. The guidance offered by these systems may improve the alignment of artificial joints, improve the stability of those joints, and potentially lead to longer use of the implants.

The Hanna Bed
For hip replacement surgeries, the Center’s Hanna bed (Profx fracture table) offers patients and their orthopedic surgeons a new option – anterior approach to hip replacement. The value of the surgical table is that the hip joint can be reached from the front rather than the back or side. By taking this path, the surgeon can replace the hip without detaching the muscle from the pelvis or the femur. Because the muscles are not detached, they do not require a lengthy healing process.

Our partner physicians work diligently with our Orthopedics Center staff and Rehabilitation team to help patients have a positive experience. 

Our patient surveys indicate that CVMC orthopedic patients are very satisfied with their experience, well ahead of scores at other hospitals in our size range. In fact, we’re in the 95th percentile in most satisfaction categories, including 100% ratings for overall hospital experience and in communications measures.†


*Catawba Valley Medical Center was recognized as being in the Top Ten percent of Rehabilitation facilities in the United States by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.  Data provided by Press Ganey, an independent survey provider for healthcare organizations nationwide, May 2016.

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