Meet Dr. McGee
Dr. McGee believes in service to others. Following a distinguished career serving his country as a combat orthopedic surgeon, he now enjoys putting his natural academic and mechanical abilities to work through his medical practice. He particularly enjoys helping active people return to doing the things they enjoy through his focus in sports medicine and surgical and non-surgical orthopedics, including joint replacements.
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Undergraduate: Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
Medical School: University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA
Orthopedic Residency: William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Fellowship: Association for the Study of Internal Fixation, Salzburg, Austria
A former Airborne, scuba-qualified Army Ranger, Dr. McGee's military honors include a Purple Heart, Combat Medical Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Expeditionary Medal with bronze arrowhead, Combat, Jordanian, and Australian parachute wings.
Served as team physician for Lee County High School, Darton College, Southland Academy and the Arena II Football Team, the South Georgia Wildcats
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
You, as the patient, have an active involvement in your joint replacement, which proves to be one of the most powerful predictors of success. Dr. McGee has adopted the SwiftPath Method to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for the best possible result. These include an integrated Patient Guide and JointCamp family engagement, identifying and managing health risk factors, modern pain management, homecare and online reporting.
Patient optimization focuses on improving your health before surgery. Dr. McGee will help you identify and manage patient related risks for better results and to reduce complications.
Dr. McGee provides you with a SwiftPath Patient Guide that he has authored. It includes standardized protocol, evidence-based medicine and his specific therapies. It serves as a comprehensive surgical road map to help you and your caregiver learn and understand your active roles in the joint replacement journey.
You and your caregiver attend a JointCamp, focusing on the importance of patient engagement and family support. It teaches the key elements that help decrease pain, improve rehabilitation, reduce length of stay and enhance recovery following surgery.
Dr. McGee is committed to the reduction of narcotics in our communities. The SwiftPath Method used a systematic approach of modern pain management that has been vetted in Surgeon RoundTables and proven with outcomes. Minimizing the amount of narcotic pain medications will help avoid complications like nausea and constipation, as well as overuse of narcotics. This approach includes joint injection, anti-inflammatories, Tylenol and cryotherapy.
The SwiftPath Method includes a shared decision-making process between Dr. McGee, you and your caregiver on the best pathway. He will confirm the need for a joint replacement and determine if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery, 23 hour stay, or reduced hospital stay.
Dr. McGee is trained in minimally invasive techniques that result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter stays, the possibility of rehabilitation in your own home and faster patient recovery.
The SwiftPath Method uses a post-surgery protocol for homecare to minimize post-surgery issues. It combines modern pain management with a secure, on-line or reporting results to Dr. McGee can closely monitor your pain levels and recovery.
McAllister, CM, Kirschenbaum, IH, and Stepanian, JD. Clincal Outcomes and Cost Implications of Rapid Discharge Versus Traditional Pathways after Knee Replacement. Accepted for Presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting, March, 2016
"My experience with Dr. McGee was exceptional. He is not the kind to suggest surgery unless he finds it absolutely necessary, and I enjoyed hearing I could make choices instead of being told what surgery I "needed" as other doctors have done. He was kind and took a genuine interest in talking to me. I've been to other doctors in the area, and this is the only one I would suggest." SwiftPath Patient
"Cannot say enough good about this doctor. They need an above excellent rating, because that’s what I would rate Dr. McGee." SwiftPath Patient
May 15th, 2018 | Premier Orthopedics
The intent of this article is to give some information to help in the safe healthy ways of managing pain. The US is having a real crisis in pain management. Approximately 90% of the world’s Hydrocodone is taken by US citizens.
April 15th, 2018 | Premier Orthopedics
About 60-70 percent of operative procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and growing. There are several things that are influencing this trend that make outpatient joint replacement a desirable option.
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Historically, all joint replacements were done as inpatients. This is largely because joint replacement surgery has involved large incisions, significant blood loss, significant pain management issues, and a wide variety of complications. For that reason, it's always been felt that joint replacement patients needed to be in the hospital. Now, with minimally invasive surgical techniques, sophisticated periarticular injections, multimodal pain management, and computer navigation, many patients are simply able to go home on the day of surgery and may not require hospitalization. This carries significant advantages in terms of decreased pain, decreased complication risks, improved patient satisfaction, and decreased exposure to the potential for hospital-acquired complications and infections.
SwiftPath is a national program that is continually expanding. For specific locations, refer to the surgeon locator map on the SwiftPath website.
SwiftPath protocols have been shown to decrease the time in the hospital as well as the pain after surgery, which helps with home recovery. SwiftPath surgeons also use online cloud monitoring techniques to follow your care at home after the surgery.
Preoperative clearance is very important. There is no one that knows you better than the doctor who has been taking care of you. We want to make sure your lungs, heart and kidneys are all working as best as they can be before surgery.
Yes, you are still under the influence of an anesthetic and pain medication. You will need a ride home from the surgery center or hospital.
Follow the shower instructions in your surgeon authored Patient Guide.
Please refer to your Patient Guide to see what specific equipment your surgeon considers required, recommended or optional.
In order to be elevated your knee needs to be above the level of your heart. If you are sitting on a recliner or chair, your foot will most likely need to be around the level of your shoulders. Lying flat makes it much easier to get your knee above your heart.
Blood clots do occasionally occur after hip and knee surgery. The signs of a blood clot are swelling in your legs that is worsening and will not go down with ice or elevation. A blood clot can also cause marked tenderness and pain in the calf (remote in the surgical site). While some lower leg pain and swelling may be expected following a joint replacement, please call my office if you have any concerns.
Hip and knee replacements are made primarily of metal alloys. You can expect to trigger most airport alarms. If possible, inform the TSA agent of your joint replacement prior to passing through security. TSA no longer accepts "joint replacement cards." You should expect to undergo additional screening at airports and should budget your time accordingly.
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