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Lexington Orthopaedics Welcomes Dr. Randy Beard

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Randy Beard, MD, to its network of care at Lexington Orthopaedics. He joins the board-certified surgeons and highly skilled providers at the practice to provide comprehensive sports medicine services and orthopaedic care.

Randy Beard, MD

After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Beard earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While in medical school, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognized his academic performance and inducted him into their societies. 

Dr. Beard then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he received the department’s highest award for surgical performance for three consecutive years. He went on to complete the prestigious Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. 

Dr. Beard specializes in hip and knee replacements and revisions. He offers patients the latest minimally invasive options for total hip replacements, including direct anterior hip procedures. Dr. Beard also performs partial and total knee replacements and complex revisions of worn out, broken, unstable, painful, recalled, metal-on-metal or infected implants. A member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters that highlight his evidence-based surgical approach. 

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Customized Knee Resurfacing Creates a Perfect Fit

You’ve heard of custom suits and custom drapes. But how about custom knee implants – completely designed for you and guaranteed to be a perfect fit?

For patients with severe knee arthritis, this surgery is now available at Carolina Shoulder & Knee Specialists, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Knees vary in size and shape. Even a person’s two knees may be different sizes. Traditionally, knee implants come in six to 10 standard sizes. Doctors select the one that fits the patient best during your surgery.

But for patients who have leg bones that are especially wide, narrow or odd-shaped, finding the perfect fit can be difficult.

“It can be like wearing your dad’s shoe. It’s a shoe, but it might not fit you correctly,” said Kevin Nahigian, MD, of Carolina Shoulder & Knee Specialists.

Dr. Kevin Nahigian

If a knee implant doesn’t fit properly, patients may experience pain or a knee that doesn’t feel natural.

Patients who choose customized knee resurfacing first have a diagnostic CT scan of their knee. The physician’s office sends the scan to ConforMIS, the company behind the technology. ConforMIS uses the scan to create a 3-D model of the knee and develop an individualized implant made of titanium cobalt chrome. The process takes about six weeks, and the implant is delivered to Lexington Medical Center a few days before surgery.

“The implants are designed to follow the shape and contour of each patient’s knee, which increases the potential for a more natural-feeling knee,” said Dr. Nahigian. “Customized implants also allow for optimal bone preservation.”

Patients can bear full weight on their knee on the day of surgery and go home from the hospital the next morning.

From exercising to playing with grandkids, the goal of customized knee resurfacing is to have patients back to enjoying an active lifestyle with the best results possible.

Pain in the Knee? Helpful Points for Your Joints

Dr. David Lee of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, an LMC physician practice, was a guest on WLTX to talk about knee problems. In the video below, he explains the anatomy of the knee and what factors lead to a patient needing knee replacement.

Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care for all of your orthopedic needs. You can learn more about the services the practice offers by visiting their website here.