Orthopedic Surgery

Northside is recognized for its comprehensive orthopedic surgery program. Leading experts in orthopedics are using new technologies to provide comprehensive joint and spine care through nonsurgical clinical treatments and advanced robot-assisted surgical interventions.

Image-guided technology

Northside combines state-of-the-art diagnostic and conservative clinical care protocols with robot-assisted, outpatient joint replacement surgery to assist patients – especially those with post-sports related injuries and osteoarthritis –in returning to a better quality of life much faster.

We were the first hospital in Georgia to acquire the O-arm® Imaging System, which allows surgeons to take real time, 3-D images of the patient during spine surgery to operate more precisely and without having to move the patient. Image-guided technology for total joint replacements provides surgeons with a 3-D view of the joint and precise data to help them more accurately align implants during replacement procedures, regardless of the size of the incision.

The MAKOplasty procedure at Northside Hospital-Forsyth has helped to improve the surgical outcomes of patients requiring hip and partial knee replacements. Through 3D models, motion capture and real-time virtual views of the patient’s anatomy, doctors are able to provide more accurate fittings and ensure that post-procedure pain is reduced significantly for patients. The technology allows surgeons to fine-tune the implant’s positioning and shape, making the most accurate joint replacements available and increasing patients’ mobility faster than ever before. 

Computer-assisted surgery

Computer-assisted surgery provides surgeons with more precise total hip and knee arthroplasty. The advanced technology automatically calculates the optimal size and positioning for the implant and enables surgeons to intra-operatively verify leg length, implant positioning and patient range of motion, ensuring that patients will have more natural feeling movement post-operatively and potentially increasing the lifespan of the implant.

Personalized knee replacement surgery

Orthopedic surgeons at Northside use TruMatch™ technology to offer customized knee replacement solutions for patients. A CT scan is used to create a 3-D model of your knee, from which personalized guides are created to help your surgeon achieve consistency in the placement and positioning of your knee implant. Patients benefit from improved stability and overall performance of the implant, as well as reduced risk for revision surgery following knee replacement.

Northside Arthritis Center

In an effort to better serve patients coping with the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis, Northside Hospital orthopedic specialists provide collaborative, comprehensive and state-of-the-art joint care through a multi-pronged approach.  The hospital’s Arthritis Center strives to render pain relief in patients and restore them to active lifestyles – nonsurgically whenever possible.  However, patients have access to modalities ranging from noninvasive and nonsurgical therapies, pain management and new diagnostic methods to minimally invasive, robot-assisted joint replacement interventions, including outpatient joint replacements, in which patients often leave the hospital four hours after their hip or knee replacement.

Innovative Gait Analysis

Utilizing innovative technology for a patient’s gait analysis, orthopedic specialists at Northside’s Arthritis Center are able to further tailor treatment plans based upon precise measurements of knee motion and areas of deficiency.  Northside is one of only a handful of programs in the nation with this level of orthopedic innovation.

The technology allows physicians to use a computer and camera to track patients’ knee movements as they walk on a treadmill.  This gives physicians a better understanding of each patient’s knee and biomarkers and allows them to develop the right exercise program to protect the knee and restore function.

Spine Center

Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach for acute and chronic spinal conditions offers many treatment options. We treat conditions ranging from minor strains to severe nerve pressure or injury, combining the expertise of many Atlanta spine specialists including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, fellowship-trained anesthesia pain physicians, neuroradiologists and physical therapists, to provide superlative treatment and follow-up care.

Surgical techniques include:

  • Removal of a herniated disc using a microscope (microdiscectomy), as well as minimally invasive Metrx system
  • Removal of bone spurs compressing the spinal cord or nerves
  • Spinal fusions

Ankle Replacement

Most people have heard of knee or hip replacements, but replacement of aging ankle joints also is gaining ground.  By replacing arthritic or injured ankles with artificial joints, foot and ankle surgeons at Northside are helping get people back on their feet.

Ankle replacement surgery relieves debilitating pain and discomfort caused by arthritis, while restoring and maintaining ankle motion in people with compromised ankle function.  During the 2-3 hour surgical procedure, the ankle joint is exposed, diseased cartilage and bone is removed and a metal and lightweight plastic bearing is inserted.

In general, healthy, non-diabetic older patients who have exhausted non-surgical treatment and continue to experience painful and disabling ankle arthritis are ideal candidates for ankle replacement.

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Atlanta:  (404) 459-1200

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Atlanta:   (404) 851-8956
Meridian Mark:  (404) 459-1780
Alpharetta:  (770) 667-4060
Forsyth:   (770) 844-3285
John’s Creek:  (678) 512-6658


Northside Hospital – Atlanta
1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 851-8000


Northside Hospital – Cherokee
201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 720-5100


Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3200



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