We offer complete care and rehabilitation for minimally invasive and total joint replacements – shoulder, hip, and knee.

Do you suffer from osteoarthritis? This condition, which affects over 21 million Americans, is the most common cause of chronic joint pain and disability. Arthritis causes the cartilage that lines the bones in your joints to gradually wear away, resulting in painful bone-on-bone rubbing.

Medication, physical therapy, cortisone injections, or viscosupplementation may help ease the pain for a while, but when these non-surgical treatments no longer provide effective pain relief, you might be a candidate for joint replacement surgery.

We offer complete care and rehabilitation for joint replacement patients. We provide an in-office supply of DME products, in-office physical therapy, and an exceptional team of surgeons and mid-level providers. Our surgery scheduler is here to put patients at ease and answer any questions you may have. Please call (240) 452-3206 for more information.

When it comes to joint replacement surgery for your hip or knee, Dr. Alvaro Cabezas and Dr. Thomas Amalfitano at the Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics - Parkway Division have the experience and expertise you need. In addition to performing total knee and traditional hip replacement surgery, Dr. Alvaro Cabezas brings his knowledge and ability to perform minimally invasive hip replacement surgery to the practice. Dr. Cabezas is one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the area utilizing this approach to total hip replacement.

If it is a total shoulder replacement that you need, Dr. Michael Stowell has performed numerous replacements, and has vast knowledge and experience in this field.

These procedures are all performed at the Center for Joint Replacement at Meritus Medical Center, a state-of-the-art hospital that opened in December 2010.


Shoulder Replacement

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, and it has the greatest range of motion of all the joints in your body. Injury, arthritis, and overuse can cause the cartilage in the shoulder joint to degenerate, leading to pain, weakness, and decreased range of motion.

Total shoulder replacement is recommended for people with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons. The damaged head of the humerus (upper arm bone) is replaced with a metal ball and the shoulder socket is replaced with plastic.

A reverse shoulder replacement is recommended for people with a completely torn rotator cuff that cannot be repaired, severe arthritis with rotator cuff damage, or prior failed shoulder surgery. Traditional total shoulder replacement surgery would still leave these individuals unable to lift their arm. With a reverse shoulder replacement, the position of the ball and socket in the joint are switched. Such placement allows the deltoid muscle to raise the arm instead of the damaged rotator cuff muscles.

In shoulder resurfacing, the cartilage is removed from the damaged head of the humerus and replaced with a metal covering, or "cap-like" prosthesis. Only the diseased part of the joint is replaced rather than the entire joint.

Hip Replacement

Your hip is also a ball-and-socket joint, which allows bending and straightening of your body and movement of your lower limbs. The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints, and osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery. Yet there are other conditions, such as a traumatic fall, that may require the need for a hip replacement.

During a total hip replacement, both the ball (top part of the femur, or leg bone) and hip socket are replaced. This procedure is recommended for severe arthritis in which the bones of the hip joint painfully rub against each other.

With minimally-invasive hip replacement, a smaller incision is typically used, therefore providing patients with less discomfort, and shorter recovery times. This approach is best performed in healthy, younger patients of smaller body sizes.

In hip resurfacing, which is most commonly performed to treat a fractured hip, only the damaged ball portion of the hip joint is replaced. The socket is left intact.

Knee Replacement

The knee is the largest hinge-type joint in the body. Knee problems are common and can occur from injury, wear and tear, or disease, such as arthritis. For many, knee replacement is the only way to relieve pain, restore function, and improve quality of life.

Total knee replacement may be recommended for cases of severe arthritis in which all of the knee cartilage has completely worn away.

Our doctors may perform a partial knee replacement using the ConforMIS unicompartmental knee implant for patients who have arthritis on only one surface of the knee. In this procedure, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, rather than the entire joint, which minimizes trauma to healthy bone and tissue.

Physical Therapy

After any joint replacement surgery, you will go through several weeks of physical therapy. Working together, your doctor and therapist will customize a treatment plan for you and create a seamless continuum of care, from your initial diagnosis to surgery to recovery.

Don’t let joint pain hold you back from what you love to do! For the highest quality joint replacement surgery in Hagerstown, schedule an appointment today with one of our qualified doctors at the Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics - Parkway Division. Call (301) 665-4575 or request an appointment online.

Joint Replacement Surgery

Also called arthroplasty, joint replacement surgery involves removing the damaged portion of the shoulder, hip, or knee and replacing it with an artificial joint that allows for pain-free movement.

There are a greater variety of artificial joints available now than ever and our experts will help decide which option is the best for your individual needs. When performing total shoulder, hip, and knee replacements, our doctors use Biomet technology to create the strongest replacement possible.

Unlike traditional total joint replacement, joint resurfacing does not remove the bones in the joint, but instead resurfaces the bone with smooth metal. Shoulder and hip resurfacing conserves bone and is a less-invasive procedure than total joint replacement.

Our doctors will thoroughly evaluate your condition and may perform arthroscopy to help determine which surgery or type of artificial joint is best for you.

The Center for Joint Surgery & Sports Medicine

Educational Material

Utilizing the latest surgical techniques in shoulder, hip, and knee replacement, some of the most common joint surgeries that our doctors perform include:




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