Patients of Carteret Health Care’s Joint and Spine Center begin a process that will allow them to lead happier, more active lives — returning to activities that bring them joy, such as gardening, fishing, traveling or golf. They receive the best medical and information technology in a supportive environment focuses on their wellbeing.

Our Physicians

Orthopedic surgeons in the Joint & Spine Center use the latest in surgical techniques, including joint replacement, spine surgeries, arthroscopy, and minimally invasive partial joint replacement surgery. All physicians are board certified in orthopedic surgery; they ensure the highest level of care for all patients. Following surgery, they visit patients on a routine basis, monitoring all progress, to determine the appropriate therapies for faster recovery.

Why is our Center So special?

During their hospital stay, joint patients participate in individualized and group therapy sessions. In this atmosphere of camaraderie, caring and sharing, patients receive comprehensive treatments and group support. An open door policy allows family members to spend as much time as their schedule allows. In addition, family members are trained to be “coaches” to assist in home care.

Our center is certified by The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Care certification program. 

Our Team

The nurses and physical therapists here demonstrate a compassionate, patient-centered approach to care. They’ve been chosen for their clinical expertise and positive attitude to help you start each day with a smile. They’ll work closely with your physician to personalize your care throughout the program. You will experience teamwork and camaraderie at its best!

We’re always glad to show interested individuals and visitors how joint and spine surgeries can be a positive and live-changing experience. To learn more about Carteret Health Care’s Joint & Spine Center, please call 252-499-6673.

Our Patients Recommend Us

And we feel that’s the highest compliment we can earn. Here are a few comments from our patients.

"All aspects of the Joint & Spine Center are excellent! The pre-op classes were very helpful and informative. I felt very prepared for surgery. My therapy in the hospital immediately after surgery was excellent. Outpatient therapy was also excellent. The reunion lunch is a wonderful idea."
- Robin P.

"The results of my surgery have exceeded my wildest expectations. All my friends and acquaintances have commented on how well I have progressed. The Joint and Spine Center appears to be very enthusiastic and progressive. The news is spreading of your excellent work."
- Harriet S.

"The positive attitude and caring concern of the nursing staff was a very big factor in my recovery. I was extremely impressed with the care I received from beginning to end."
- Donna W.

"Excellent program!! Working together in groups and pushing us to do our exercises were positive aspects of the program. The physical therapists were great and calmed our fears. Great nurses and physicians especially Dr. Coles. Excellent physical therapy at Carteret Surgical."
- Georgia L.

"I think everything was great. A wonderful program to work in groups during physical therapy. Richard would make anyone work hard. He was great with encouraging everyone. Carteret Surgical Physical Therapy was great too. When I need my other leg repaired, I will not wait as long as I did this first time. It was not as bad as I thought. So why wait? Thanks Dr. Bates and staff!"
- Gracie G.

"Top notch program from the surgeon to the nursing staff and the physical therapists. Your commitment to excellence really shows. I believe your program is on an equal par with Duke or any other great program in the county. Folks in Carteret County are blessed to have access to such a wonderful program. Very supportive and encouraging staff. Everybody really cared. Thank you for the brunch. It was great. Keep up the excellent work. With continued word-of-mouth advertising, soon you’ll have more patients than you can handle. Good luck and continued success."
- Beth K.