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About Dr. Jeffrey P. Garrett, Orthopedic surgeon in Greenville, nc

Dr. Jeffrey P. Garrett is a board-certified physician in orthopaedic surgery who specializes in outpatient hip and knee replacements.

Utilizing advanced protocols and minimally-invasive surgical techniques, such as direct anterior approach for total hip replacement and robotically assisted total knee and partial knee replacement, patients are able to return home within hours of their surgery with improved function, less pain, and faster recovery.

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He brings over a decade of diverse clinical experience and contribution to the advancement of orthopaedic education, through speaking and publishing research.

Dr. Garrett also has advanced training in orthopaedic trauma care working under Dr. Roy Sanders at Tampa General Hospital, and has served as a Clinical Faculty Member for orthopaedic trauma at the Atlanta Medical Center Orthopaedic Residency Program.

In addition to being a skilled surgeon, Dr. Garrett is also a skilled clinician who enjoys taking time with each patient, discussing their specific ailments and concerns. He believes that personalizing patient education leads to improved understanding, partnering, and optimization of care.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Medical Education, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  • NIH Research Fellowship, Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  • Fellowship, Orthopaedic Trauma, Tampa General Hospital

CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Member, Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Member, Georgia Orthopaedic Society

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES

  • ECU Health

 

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Dr. Jeffrey Garrett, orthopedic surgeon in Greenville, NC

“On August 17, 2021 I successfully completed a total knee replacement with robotic assistance. Thankfully we are the first ambulatory surgery center in the United States to have the new Velys™ robotic system.”

— Dr. Garrett

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Patient Reviews

Dr. Garrett is a wonderful surgeon with a caring and compassionate attitude. He is so kind and my surgery was so quick; (complete hip replacement in under an hour on a Sunday) my recuperation has gone well!He will be sorely missed when he leaves for North Carolina. I can’t imagine someone who could actually replace him! I have NEVER had a doctor thank me for allowing them to be my surgeon/physician!! I am beyond impressed and will definitely follow him to NC.
Outstanding physician and surgeon! I am sorry to see him leave our community. Highly recommended.
Wonderful doctor. Shared his time graciously.
Dr Garrett has been superb all the way the whole pre/post surgery process
I loved Dr. Garrett and everyone I came in contact with in his office. They took very good care of me!! I would highly recommend them to all of my friends, family, and strangers.
Dr. Garrett was kind and reassuring, as always, during this appointment. And the office staff as well. The appointment was made in a short amount of time, although I chose to travel a bit further, so I can be seen by him. The concern I came in with was thoroughly addressed, and he offered various "therapy" options for follow up care that might help in my particular case. I know I'll miss him when he leaves, but wishing him the BEST!
Saw Dr on time, no waiting, everyone informative and helpful
Great office staff. I really felt like the entire office cared about me. Dr Garrett is very professional. I’mSuper happy my P.C. recommended him.
Dr Garrett did a good job replacing my knee. The nurses were answering all questions we had ad Dr Garrett kept Ed my family informed on my surgery. The nurse called to check on me the day after surgery to be sure I was following doctors orders and had all medications I needed to control my pain.
Great Doctor, always takes time to explain to me my concerns. Easy to talk to. Did a great job on my knee replacement.
Dr. Garrett did both of my hip replacements, including a hip revision. He and his team are excellent from pre-op all the way through post-op. Highly recommend them.
Great communication, knows his knees...I'm in confident hands for my surgery....plus he's adorable!
I do not know how to honestly rate this experience. Except I will give 5 stars because I believe I was given the best treatment and the staff were very responsive and attentive. It's such a painful experience that it's hard to say it was a great experience. the staff, hospital, Dr. Garrett were great.
Wonderful experience! I showed up just prior to appointment time and was taken in within 10 minutes. I had had xrays done and was in the exam room for no more than 5 - 10 minutes before meeting with Dr. Garrett. He did a thorough exam and explained his findings and started treatment. It was great to experience this for a change.
Dr. Garrett- took the time to talk through all the different options to care for my knee issues. He showed genuine care rather than just trying to push medical treatment. Would highly recommend Dr. Garrett!
Excellent surgical outcomes.
I was seen almost immediately. Dr. Garrett's team quickly and efficiently handled my questions and gave me all of the information that I needed to know.
In the days leading up to my hip replacement surgery I was thoroughly pleased with the levels of professionalism, expertise and information provided. The pre-op class run by Tracy and attended by myself and my wife, as caregiver, was thorough and a very helpful addition to the online class.On the day of my surgery, again, the care and attention I received from Doctor Garrett and all staff members was first class.Now ten days post-op, the followup provided and staff availability to answer a few questions I had could not be better.I could not ask for a better experience.
In February of 2021 I had a full replacement on my right knee and then in May of 2021 I had a full replacement on my left knee. I am so happy that I had a referral for Dr. Garrett in my opinion and I've had several surgeries done he's one of the top notch surgeons in the Atlanta area. The staff that helps doctor Garrett is awesome they were always there when I needed them they had answers or either they got them right away thank you so much Dr. Garrett I'm so glad you were my surgeon.
Dr. Garrett has performed both of my hip replacement surgeries. He is an absolutely amazing surgeon and person!
Wished I would have gotten this hip replaced several years ago!! Amazing how much this makes me enjoy life again!! Thanks Dr Garrett and team!
I broke my elbow (dominant arm) and Dr. Garrett fixed it by surgically inserting a metal plate and screws to hold my broken ulna together (it was a bad break) at the joint. Two months later, I fell on the same elbow and fractured my radial head. Luckily, this time I did not need surgery, and I now have almost full range of motion in my elbow and arm (and my scar is beautiful--as far as scars go--and fading every day!). Dr. Garrett was kind, patient, and generous with his time when I saw him in the doctor's office and in the hospital OR. Even the nurses in the ER said he is one of the "good ones" who does not get angry or annoyed at all when called at 3:00 in the morning because of an emergency. I can tell he really cares about his patients. Do not even hesitate to see him if you need joint care!
Although my knee is not 100% yet, my experience has been very good!
My first encounter with Dr.Garrett was in 2012 when I broke my hip, and he was the trauma doctor on call. He did an outstanding surgical job of repairing my hip, and I learned what a kind, patient, and caring doctor he is. After surgery he always listened intently and never made me feel rushed.I saw Dr. Garrett again in 2018 and just recently in December 2021 because I was experiencing pain in the area of my broken hip. Both times my pain was not from the broken hip, but other issues. Dr. Garrett, however, has been totally consistent since 2012 in his excellent professional skills and unequaled personal, caring “people” skills.I would highly recommend Dr. Garrett to anyone needing an orthopedic doctor. He is truly the best!
Dr. Garrett is phenomenal! Caring, professional and likeable!
Dr Garrett is caring, intelligent, & an excellent surgeon. He takes the time to explain things to you & does not rush off yo his next appointment.
Dr. Garrett was so kind and explained the operation and process for treatment and recovery very well to our Family. My dad is healing well from his hip surgery. I highly recommend him !!! His team communicates well and everyone was so pleasant.
I have been seeing Dr Garrett for a couple of years now and have been very pleased with his level of professionalism and great bedside manor. I have sent of number of my own patients to him who have also been very happy with him.
Dr. Garrett is a fabulous surgeon and has a wonderful bedside manner and personality. Not always an easy combination to find. He is honest with you and doesn’t beat around the bush and I personally like that. But he is so nice while being so honest and upfront. He never rushes through your appt or makes you feel like he’s in a hurry. He takes as much time as you need to answer all of your questions. I highly recommend him!
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About Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic, or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow.

When Is Total Joint Replacement Recommended?

Several conditions can cause joint pain and disability and lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. If nonsurgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, and activity modifications do not relieve your pain and disability, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement.

Preparing for Surgery

In the weeks before your surgery, your surgical team and primary care doctor will spend time preparing you for your upcoming procedure. For example, your primary care doctor may check your general health, and your surgeon may require several tests — such as blood tests and a cardiogram — to help plan your surgery. There are also many things you can do to prepare. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. Prepare yourself physically by eating right and exercising. Take steps to manage your first weeks at home by arranging for help and obtaining assistive items, such as a shower bench, handrails, or a long-handled reacher. By planning ahead, you can help ensure a smooth surgery and speedy recovery.

Surgical Procedure

Total joint replacement surgery takes about one hour. The procedure is performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center (Learn more about our surgery center by clicking here). During the surgery, the damaged cartilage and bone is removed from your joint and replaced with prosthetic components made of metal, plastic, and ceramic. The prosthesis mimics the shape and movement of a natural joint

Complications

Your doctor will explain the potential risks and complications of total joint replacement, including those related to the surgery itself and those that can occur over time after your surgery. Most complications can be treated successfully. Some of the more common complications of joint replacement surgery include infection, blood clots, nerve injury, and prosthesis problems like loosening or dislocation.

Recovery

Recovery and rehabilitation will be different for each person. In general, your doctor will encourage you to use your “new” joint shortly after your operation. Although it may be challenging at times, following your doctor’s instructions will speed your recovery. Most patients will experience some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity, the body is adjusting to the new joint, and the tissues are healing. This pain should resolve in a few months. Exercise is an important part of the recovery process. Your doctor or physical therapist will provide you with specific exercises to help restore movement and strengthen the joint. If you have any questions about limitations on your activities after total joint replacement, please consult your doctor.

Long-Term Outcomes

The majority of patients are able to perform daily activities more easily after joint replacement surgery. Most people can expect their joint replacement to last for many years, providing them with an improved quality of life that includes less pain, along with improved motion and strength that would not have been possible otherwise.

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