Joint replacement is needed when an arthritic or dysfunctional joint causes severe pain and inhibits patient mobility. Joint replacement surgery is most common in knees and hips. SAMC takes a comprehensive approach to joint replacement with the goal of helping each patient regain independence by returning to work and other daily activities with little or no pain.
The patient's health, comfort and recovery are collectively our number one priority. Each patient is treated by a team of professionals who are specialists in total joint care. Every detail, from pre-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, is considered and reviewed with the patient. A Joint Care Case Manager will plan an individualized treatment program and help guide the patient through it.
Each patient's team includes the director of orthopedics, physicians and nurses, the Joint Center coordinator, orthopedic case managers, physical therapists and occupational therapists, all of whom specialize in total joint care. The patient's personal care team will work with the patient and their family/caregiver(s) in helping the patient achieve the best possible outcome from joint surgery.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center is also a participant in the new Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. Please see the notification letter for more details.
To see a special message from CMS regarding the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program and a list of the physicians that are participating in the program, Click here.
At Southeast Alabama Medical Center, we specialize in treating knees – whether it’s an ACL injury, a meniscal tear, posterior cruciate ligament injury, runner’s knee or arthritis. Our physicians specialize in getting you back on your feet.
More than 35,000 people fracture a hip every year. And beyond that, other maladies like inflammatory arthritis of the hip and osteoarthritis of the hip are common. Our caring team develops a plan to address reducing pain and increasing the range of movement. We also help with coordinating a total hip replacement when necessary.
The shoulder is vulnerable to all kinds of strains, tears and stresses. We can help alleviate pain with the help of our physician partners at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists. Whether it’s shoulder pain, a rotator cuff tear, or arthritis of the shoulder, we have the means, staff and skill set to deal with the problem quickly and effectively.
For most orthopedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. Treatment may involve medications, medical devices such as casts or splints and/or therapies such as exercise or surgery. Physicians will discuss the various and appropriate treatment options with each patient to select the best treatment plan possible.
Should the need for surgery be determined, SAMC's orthopedic surgery education program will help prepare patients and their caregivers. SAMC's innovative approach has proven successful in reducing the recovery period and returning patients to the activities of daily living through regained strength, independence and confidence.
Even before admission, an orthopedic case manager, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist begin to prepare patients and their families for what to expect during the hospital stay. Recommendations will be provided regarding adaptive equipment for use at home, exercises that will be important and helpful during rehabilitation, fall prevention and what to expect during at-home recovery.
Patients may be admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Department or as a referral from a physician. Streamlined admission processes ensure that patients receive care as quickly as possible. Effective pain management is one of our primary goals from the time you arrive. In addition to pain management through the use of medication, we aim for early surgical treatment when necessary to relieve pain.
We take surgery very seriously. Therefore, we exhaust all other available forms of treatment first. In the event that surgery is required, rest assured that you are in the hands of some of the most skilled orthopedic surgeons in the Southeast.
Our anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists are highly skilled specialists in treating orthopedic patients. Anesthesia may be general or spinal. The anesthesiologist, in conjunction with you and your family and physicians, choose the most appropriate anesthetic.
Recovering from orthopedic surgery presents challenges not always encountered with other surgical procedures. Rehab is an important aspect of post-operative recovery, allowing the patient to return to a comfortable level of activity. At Southeast Alabama Medical Center, we do everything possible to ensure a safe and easy recovery.
Most patients are able to return home after surgery but may require continued rehab, which is available in a variety of ways. Rehab services can be provided in the comfort of your own home. Some choose to travel to outpatient rehab facilities. If needed and recommended by the doctor some may need those rehab services provided in a nursing home or rehab hospital. Case Management is available to assist with any of these arrangements during your hospital stay.
These are the hallmarks of your treatment team at Living Well. Their combination of medical expertise and aesthetics craftsmanship are focused on giving you the best outcomes possible.
Your Living Well Medical Team
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/DubruielTrenace.jpg" title="Trenace Dubreuil M.D. – Medical Director" url="#" label=""] Dr. Dubreuil is passionate about helping people look and feel their best, while helping them learn to lead healthier lives. As Medical Director of Living Well, Dr. Dubreuil oversees all aspects of our programs and services, and provides medical supervision for the Living Well Weight Loss Program. She has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 11 years. In addition to her work with Living Well, she continues to see gynecology patients for the treatment of menopause, sexual dysfunction and annual wellness exams.
Graduate of Emory University School of Medicine
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine
Fellow of The American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6353Patty2.jpg" title="Patricia Byars – Skin Care Specialist" url="#" label=""]Patty, our Skin Care Specialist, is well versed when it comes to skin care. She has certifications as a laser technician, an Obagi® Skin Care Specialist and Derma-Technician from the American Institute of Permanent Color Technology (for permanent makeup). She was also previously employed with Dr. Ferguson and joined Living Well Medical in 2009. Patty has over six years experience in skin care.
Certified Obagi® Skin Specialist
Certified Laser Technician
Certified Derma-Technician from the American Institute of Permanent Color Technology
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6340Melissa.jpg" title="Melissa Martin - Weight Loss Consultant" url="#" label=""]Melissa has been in the medical field for 13 years, in this very same location. She worked with both Dr. Riley and Dr. Ferguson and is now proud to be with Living Well Medical. With all of her experience, Melissa is a great asset to the clinic. She meets with patients for Thermage Consultation, Bariatric Orientations and performs other office duties.
Weight Loss Consultant
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6342Laura.jpg" title="Laura Morris, LPN - Nurse" url="#" label=""]Laura obtained her LPN license in 2003 from Wallace Community College. She has worked in several areas of nursing including maternity, family medicine and eye surgery before aesthetics. Besides being an LPN, Laura is also a certified laser technician. She performs laser hair and vein removal as well as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.
Certified Laser Technician
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6420beverly.jpg" title="Beverly Pipkins – Medical Assistant" url="#" label=""]Beverly is one of the friendly voices you might hear when calling the clinic. She schedules patients for appointments and test. She also sees patients for Microdermabrasion treatments (one of her favorite job duties).[/feature2]
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6377Marilu.jpg" title="Marilu Smith – Registered Dietitian" url="#" label=""]Marilu is our Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Auburn University and worked at SAMC for several years before becoming a fulltime mother. When she decided to rejoin the workforce, SAMC was her first choice. She enjoys working with individuals who are motivated to be healthier. Marilu says that losing weight is the easy part, maintaining a healthier weight is more difficult and requires healthy choices daily with food and activity and that's exactly what she is here to help do. She loves being able to see people reach and maintain their goals.
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6352Debbie.jpg" title="Debbie Tice – Medical Assistant" url="#" label=""]Debbie started at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in 1994 as a student to later become a Certified Surgical Technician. She has continued in the medical field since that time, working as a Medical Assistant/Surgical Assistant for Dr. Riley and later Dr. Ferguson. She most recently worked in Surgery at SAMC, but when Living Well Medical opened it's doors, Debbie decided to move back to the clinical area as Dr. Dubreuil's Medical Assistant. Debbie missed working one-on-one with the patients daily and now has the chance to do so. She also continues to work in Surgery afterhours.[/feature2]