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    Our shoulder therapists have advanced training and expertise in rehabilitation and work closely with our knee physicians to ensure that each patient is returned to the highest level of function and pain relief possible.

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    Knee health can have patients wondering what's next. Our physicians answer your most pressing questions so you know what to expect during a visit and throughout your recovery.

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Knee

Knee

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. It is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), which rotates on the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the knee cap (patella), which slides in a groove on the end of the femur. The knee also contains large ligaments, which help control motion by connecting bones and by bracing the joint against abnormal types of motion. Another important structure, the meniscus, is a wedge of soft cartilage between the femur and tibia that serves to cushion the knee and helps it absorb shock during motion.

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Success Stories

  • Cameron Ogden

    Ogden said Dr. Morris was able to return other patients to the pool in as quickly as five weeks.

    Resurgens Physician, Physical Therapist Help Local High School Athlete Get Back to Competitive Swimming, Qualify for State Meet

    Cameron Ogden felt the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee pop and the two bones collide. He was playing flag football and wearing cleats on field turf. At the time, he was running directly forward but his foot caught in the turf and the rest of his body kept going. For the high school swimmer, a junior who had just begun practicing year-round in the hopes of landing a college scholarship as a senior, suffering the serious injury was terrible timing as the high school swimming season was about to begin. “It was not fun,” said Ogden, 17, of the brutal injury. Thankfully, Ogden made his way to Dr. C. Michael Morris at Resurgens’... Continue Reading

  • Joe Becknell

    “I can’t say enough accolades for Dr. Hanna,” Becknell said.

    Resurgens Helps Retired Tennis Pro Keep Playing for More Than 50 Years

    Joe Becknell’s love of tennis took hold more than half a century ago when a knee injury derailed his baseball career in college at Mercer University and the former pitcher took up tennis as an alternative. That love eventually manifested itself into a career as a Tennis-Pro.  Becknell retired in 2007 as Tennis Director of the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA in Buckhead.  Tennis remains very much a part of his life as he continues to work part-time and to play recreationally during his free time in retirement.  “I wouldn’t be happy doing nothing,” Becknell said of retirement. “… I try to be active.” A lifetime of constant high... Continue Reading

  • Randy Adams

    “I owe so much to Dr. Morris and the rest of his team at Resurgens"

    Resurgens Patient Returns to Running

    After More Than a Decade of Chronic Knee Pain Randy Adams, 50, of Lawrenceville, serves as a teacher and cross-country couch at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett. Married for 26 years to his wife Annette, Randy is also a father to three teenage children. Since his own teenage years, Randy has been a runner, competing on both his high school and college teams. He continued to run recreationally after graduating college and soon became a seasoned triathlete. Over time, however, chronic knee issues began to hamper Randy’s active passion. In December of 2002 Randy made his first appointment at Resurgens Orthopaedics with Dr. C. Michael Morris, which would start a... Continue Reading

  • Cynthia Poundstone

    “Dr. Fogle and the Resurgens staff did everything they could to help me move forward in a positive way.”

    Resurgens Patient Gets Back to Serving Others After ACL Tear

    Cynthia Poundstone of Dunwoody, Georgia is what many would call a classic “good Samaritan.” A teacher at Dunwoody Springs Elementary for over 20 years, the primary caregiver to her elderly parent for nearly 10 years, and a missionary traveling to places like Haiti, Kenya, and South Africa in her spare time, Cindy’s dedication to the service of others always keeps her active and on the go.  When she isn’t creating lesson plans, spending time with her family, or returning from a trip abroad, Cindy also enjoys a good game of tennis, which she has played for more than 15 years.   In June 2012, Cindy was just getting back into her summer tennis... Continue Reading

  • Deanna Patterson

    “In less than six months, Dr. Bircoll gave me my life back. I’m just so thankful.”

    Resurgens Patient Returns to Active Lifestyle After Total Knee Replacement

    Deanna Patterson, 40, of Decatur, has always been very active. She loves taking long walks through her neighborhood and exercising regularly at her local gym. In the fall of 2012, however, she began experiencing pain in her right knee that made those neighborhood walks and trips to the gym increasingly difficult.  Over the next year, the pain quickly grew worse and worse. “It was the longest year of my life,” said Patterson. “After a while, even moving from the couch to the bathroom was painful.”  At this point, Patterson knew it was time to seek medical attention for her knee. After several discouraging experiences attempting to find the right... Continue Reading

  • Johnny Hammond

    “Dr. Peretz and the other Resurgens doctors are truly wonderful”

    Phipps Plaza Santa returns to Resurgens Orthopaedics for Total Knee Arthroplasty

    You might not recognize the name Johnny Hammond, but when he’s dressed up in a red suit and hat, you’re sure to recognize his face. For nearly eight years, children from across Georgia have traveled to Atlanta to share their Christmas wishes with Hammond as the Phipps Plaza Santa Claus.  Last year, a debilitating spinal condition called spinal stenosis almost took Hammond out of the Christmas game. Lucky for him, and the children of Georgia, Resurgens Orthopaedics surgeon Dr. Paul Jeffords was able to perform a lumbar laminectomy to correct the problem.   Check out the full story... Continue Reading

  • John Head

    “Dr. Greenfield was great about explaining everything. I’m happy to be back to my normal life.”

    Resurgens patients sing praises of Dr. Robert Greenfield

    Returning from a two-week trip to the western U.S., John Head was looking forward to some rest after a long drive. He just didn’t expect his down time to be in a hospital bed.  Head, 57, of Covington, and his wife were on the long bus ride home when the problems started. He had been experiencing some discomfort, but nothing major. After sitting for so long on the bus, and upon returning home, he became completely immobilized and couldn’t walk.  His wife took him to the emergency room where they told him he had two herniated disks and he had to be treated right away or risk being paralyzed.   Resurgens Orthopaedics physician Dr. Robert... Continue Reading

  • Chris Callahan

    Once again, Resurgens provided Mr. Callahan with a successful procedure.

    Chris Callahan, 61, Finishes Advanced 142 Mile Mountain Biking Trail After Two Major Surgeries at Resurgens

    Callahan Praises Dr. Bailey, Dr. Fogle, and Physical Therapist Marshall for Their Outstanding Work, Service Five years removed from two major surgeries that would slow most people down, Chris Callahan conquered the legendary 142 mile Kokopelli mountain bike trail that winds from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. A lifelong mountain biker, he credits Resurgens Orthopaedics—the largest orthopaedics practice in Georgia—with not only keeping him on the bike, but allowing him to still ride at such a high level.  Callahan underwent two procedures at Resurgens with two different doctors: Dr. Erroll Bailey performed his Achilles repair and Dr. Evander... Continue Reading

  • Debbie St. John

    “Thanks to Dr. Albert and her posse, I was able to complete my third Susan G. Komen 60-mile 3-Day walk this year.”

    Resurgens Patient Credits Treatment for Allowing Her to Complete 60-mile Breast Cancer Walk

    Debbie St. John Completes Her Third Annual Susan G. Komen Walk and Raises Almost $3,000 Calling Dr. Mary J. Albert and her staff at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Lawrenceville “rock stars,” patient Debbie St. John credits them with getting her in shape for the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk in October to raise money for breast cancer research.  “Thanks to Dr. Albert and her posse, I was able to complete my third Susan G. Komen 60-mile 3-Day walk this year,” St. John says, crediting her treatment at Resurgens for enabling her to raise almost $3,000 during the 2011 walk.   “It was important to me to be able to walk the entire 60 miles.... Continue Reading

  • Jerry Niemeyer

    “My experience at Resurgens was absolutely first class. Everyone there was wonderful."

    62-year-old Returns to Driving Pedi-cab on Marietta Square After Bilateral Knee Replacement Surgery at Resurgens

    Jerry Niemeyer Wins ‘What Does Resurgenize Mean to You' Contest Before knee replacement surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics, Jerry Niemeyer’s osteoarthritis made it difficult for him to do the things he loves. Only 49 days after surgery last December, Niemeyer and his wife went snowshoeing in Colorado.  By March, only three months after his Dec. 7 bilateral knee replacement surgery, Niemeyer was back driving a Pedi-cab on the Marietta Square at least one evening each weekend. He now plays tennis three times a week, and plays golf as well as competitive softball.  The Kennesaw resident calls his surgery “absolutely life changing” and has high... Continue Reading

  • John C. Taylor

    Taylor finished a triathlon in Florida exactly two months after knee replacement surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics.

    At Age 90, Atlanta Resident Completes Sprint Triathlon, Heads to National Senior Games

    John C. Taylor Started Running at Age 60 And Stays Active Jogging, Swimming, and Biking For someone who didn’t start running until the age of 60, John C. Taylor has quite a collection of gold medals. Plus, he may be the only 90-year-old ever to have completed a sprint triathlon.  After finishing a triathlon in Florida exactly two months after knee replacement surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics—Georgia’s largest orthopaedics practice—he confessed with a chuckle, “I walked, I didn’t jog,” the 5K portion of the course.  A sprint triathlon involves swimming 600 meters, biking 13.8 miles, and completing a 5K run. “I was on my... Continue Reading

  • Don Albino

    “At Resurgens, I felt they really cared about me.”

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Prepares to Compete in National Senior Olympics

    Don Albino Won Four Medals in Georgia Games to Qualify for National Track and Field Competition Look for Resurgens Orthopaedics patient Don Albino of Johns Creek among the ranks of Senior Olympians in June as athletes over age 50 go for the gold in Houston.  Albino, 68, a patient of Dr. Angelo DiFelice, Jr., at the Resurgens Roswell/Alpharetta location, will compete in track and field events in the 65-69-year-old age group. He attributes his ability to compete to the care he received at Resurgens.  “At Resurgens, I felt they really cared about me,” Albino said. “Not just because I was training for the Senior Olympics, but they cared about my... Continue Reading

  • Larry Castillo

    Castillo became a patient of Resurgens Orthopaedics after he moved to Atlanta in 1984.

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Continues Competitive Canoeing After Multiple Surgeries

    Larry Castillo Credits 16 Orthopaedic Surgeries With Allowing Him To Continue to Win Canoe Races At the age of 66, competitive canoe racer Laurens (Larry) Castillo counts a total of 16 surgeries since he started white water canoeing more than two decades ago. First his knees, then his shoulders, and finally his back required orthopaedic surgery. This fall, a year after hip replacement at Resurgens Orthopaedics, the Kennesaw resident won first place in the 29-mile Suwannee River canoe race in Florida and fourth place in the amateur class in the highly competitive 90-mile Adirondack Classic in New York State. In both races, he competed with men of all ages. Without the surgeries,... Continue Reading

  • Mark Denholm

    Innovative knee surgery by Dr. C. Michael Morris of Resurgens Orthopaedics provided the key to the RV lifestyle of...

    Whirlwind RV-centric Retirement Dream Made Possible by Experimental Knee Surgery

    Mark Denholm Credits His Knee Surgery by Dr. C. Michael Morris of Resurgens Orthopaedics With Allowing Him to Enjoy Outdoor Activities While Touring the U.S. Mark Denholm and his wife, Joan, dreamed of seeing the country from a recreational vehicle when they retired. But Denholm's knees were slowing him down and making that dream seem less than possible. Then, innovative knee surgery by Dr. C. Michael Morris of Resurgens Orthopaedics provided the key to the RV lifestyle of the Denholm's dreams. "Now I'm biking, hiking, and even rock climbing," Denholm said. Now 60, Denholm had always been active, but after several previous knee surgeries, he... Continue Reading

  • Robert Dawson

    "They've got great people at Resurgens, from the doctors to the P.A.s to the nurses."

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Is 'Bionic Man' Following Four Successful Surgeries

    Canton's Robert Dawson Praises Resurgens Doctors For 'The Best Care I Could Ever Have Expected' Calling himself a "bionic man," Bob Dawson says he needs physician-issued cards to allow him and his metal knees through airport security checks. But the range of motion in his shoulder is much better than he ever expected, and all his joint replacements are working well. Mr. Dawson, 70, can't say enough good things about the doctors at Resurgens, who have performed four surgeries on him over the past several years. First it was spine surgery in the mid-1990s, then his left knee replacement in 2006, followed by his right knee replacement in 2008. Then,... Continue Reading

  • Chris

    Resurgens changed Chris's life because they gave him a new perspective which helped him live a better, healthier...

    Chris's ACL Success Story

    Growing up Chris played all kind of sports; football, basketball, track, lacrosse, and swimming. He was looking forward to a future as an athlete when slight knee-to-knee contact tore his right anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. After this knee injury he worked hard to get back on his feet and back on the playing field. He was again picturing an athletic career but his senior year he suffered a left ACL tear.  This second injury changed everything for Chris.  His future sports career was no longer an option and he had to face a new future.  Chris chose Resurgens Orthopaedics for all of his surgical and non-surgical treatments, including rehabilitation therapy.... Continue Reading

  • Rikki

    An unfortunate fall led to a healthier lifestyle and new adventures!

    Rikki's Knee Success

    Rikki was walking down a few flat stairs when her knee gave out and left her on the ground into excruciating pain. She had no idea what happened and was unable to walk to the car.  When she visited Resurgens and got the results of her MRI, she was shocked to learn she needed surgery to replace her anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. The doctors told Rikki that if she didn’t start taking care of her knee it was only going to get worse. The Resurgens team really cares for their patients and takes the time to ensure every detail is right. For Rikki this meant a post-operative scar that was straight and align with her body.  Before her knee operation Rikki... Continue Reading

  • Rikki

    An unfortunate fall led to a healthier lifestyle and new adventures!

    Rikki's Knee Success

    Rikki was walking down a few flat stairs when her knee gave out and left her on the ground into excruciating pain. She had no idea what happened and was unable to walk to the car.  When she visited Resurgens and got the results of her MRI, she was shocked to learn she needed surgery to replace her anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. The doctors told Rikki that if she didn’t start taking care of her knee it was only going to get worse. The Resurgens team really cares for their patients and takes the time to ensure every detail is right. For Rikki this meant a post-operative scar that was straight and align with her body.  Before her knee operation Rikki... Continue Reading

  • Randy Martin

    The biggest sign of a hip problem is groin or knee pain. After suffering from severe bone-on-bone knee pain for...

    Hip Replacement Fixed Knee Pain Too

    By the time he saw Dr. Robert Yarbrough, Randy Martin had been suffering from severe bone-on-bone knee pain for almost 30 years. But could Randy's knee pain actually be coming from his hip? After watching Randy walk, Dr. Yarbrough ordered hip x-rays. The biggest sign of a hip problem is groin or knee pain. This is usually associated with loss of motion, swelling, and/or stiffness. It is quite common for people with hip problems to complain about pain in their knee and difficulty putting on socks and shoes, losing mobility and flexibility in their golf swing, or extreme stiffness after sitting. Watch Dr. Yarbrough and Randy share his hip replacement success... Continue Reading

  • In 2013, Mark Warr found himself overweight, suffering from arthritis in his knees, and being forced to use a walker...

    Finishing the Peachtree Road Race After Dual Knee Replacement

    In 2013, Mark Warr found himself overweight, suffering from arthritis in his knees, and being forced to use a walker to get around. “Using a walker was embarrassing for me. It was demoralizing. I was getting ready to retire and it was a sign that I wasn’t going to have the retirement I was looking forward to. In retirement my wife and I wanted to travel and see and do things that require walking.  On the days I had to use the walker I would just say: ‘The retirement we had envisioned was not going to happen.’” To treat the arthritis Resurgens Orthopaedics recommended dual knee replacement but the surgery wasn’t going to be successful unless... Continue Reading