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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Justin Knight, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Justin R. Knight, MD, to its network of care at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. The physician practice provides comprehensive orthopaedic care and services, including arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle; total shoulder and knee replacement; partial knee replacement; and ACL reconstruction.

knight_justinA Lexington native, Dr. Knight is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He went on to complete fellowship training in sports medicine at the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute in Miami.

During his fellowship, Dr. Knight was actively involved in the care of high school, collegiate and professional athletes, including players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida International University Panthers, as well as MMA and UFC fighters. He was also part of the Miami Dolphins medical staff at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Knight worked in private practice in South Florida after his training, treating a wide variety of sports, trauma and general orthopaedic conditions, and he served as the team physician for Johnson & Wales University in North Miami.

He specializes in sports medicine, as well as arthroscopic and open management of shoulder, knee and elbow conditions. In addition to treating elite and recreational competitors and non-athletes with musculoskeletal symptoms, Dr. Knight has specific interest in shoulder reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, knee ligamentous reconstruction, knee arthroscopy, cartilage restoration, sports injury management and fracture care.

Dr. Knight is accepting new patients. To learn more or make an appointment, visit

Managing Diabetes in South Carolina

Lexington Medical Center will host a free diabetes health fair inside the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“South Carolina has the fourth highest rate in the nation of diabetes among adults. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. We want to encourage community members to attend this health fair to increase awareness for themselves and their family members, as well as learn how to manage diabetes and live a long, healthy life,” said Gwen Girdler, RN, BSN, CDE, outpatient diabetes educator at Lexington Medical Center.


According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in South Carolina and around the United States. More than 576,000 people in South Carolina – that’s 14% of the population – have diabetes. Of those, more than 20 percent do not know they have diabetes – greatly increasing their health risk. Additionally, more than one million people in South Carolina – 37 percent of the adult population of the state – have prediabetes.

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, where the body does not use insulin properly. Over time, the body is not able to make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina, responsible for three deaths each day.

Orbera Helps Columbia Woman Lose 50 Pounds

Orbera is a balloon that doctors at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, insert in the stomach to help curb appetite and promote weight loss. They began using the procedure in January of this year. One of their first patients was Chenise Nu. And wait until you see her success story in the below news interview from WIS-TV! Chenise lost 50 pounds and is feeling great. Watch below.


For more information about Orbera, visit