Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Total Knee Procedures to Each Patient in Southeast Georgia

Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia brings robotic-arm assisted total knee replacements to rural Georgia with the addition of Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade. Total knee replacements in the United States are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Dr. J. Matthew Valosen of the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia. “Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee replacements.”

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

 BJISG & WMH are proud to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area.  Patients no longer have to travel to access the latest medical advancements. “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare,” added hospital CEO Joe Ierardi.

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopaedic care using the most technologically advanced equipment.  Featuring on-site x-ray services, open MRIs accredited by the American College of Radiology, and eight healthcare providers, BJI serves over 18 Southeast Georgia counties with offices in Jesup, Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.

Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high-quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.



BJISG Performs the First Endoscopic Spine Surgery in the U.S. with the new joimax®4K Endoscopic Spine Surgery System

Dr. Thomas Loumeau of the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia, performed the first endoscopic spine surgery on January 8, 2019, using the newly launched 4K Endoscopic Spine Surgery System from joimax, Inc.  The surgery was performed at the Surgery Center of BJI, LLC, located in Jesup, GA.

The new 4K endoscopic system gives the Bone & Joint Institute the advantage of being on the cutting edge of endoscopic spine surgery. The new 4K system provides the following benefits to their patients:

  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster recovery time
  • Minimal trauma to surrounding tissues; less scarring

Dr. Loumeau stated, “It is an honor to be the first practice in the country to offer 4K Endoscopic Spine Procedures. The communities we serve now have access to the most technologically advanced spine surgery right here close to home.”

Dr. Thomas Loumeau is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in diagnostics and treatments of the spine. He brings a vast amount of knowledge to the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia and offers many innovative procedures to better the health of our community. Dr. Loumeau works with a wide variety of spinal conditions with a special interest in minimally-invasive procedures, deformity correction, spinal decompression and fusion, and motion preservation.


For more information, or to make an appointment, call toll free (866) 806-0800.


BJISG Now Offering OrthoBiologics

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia now offers OrthoBiologics!  OrthoBiologics is an innovative area of medicine that uses the body’s own cells to potentially reverse the debilitating effects of Osteoarthritis and accelerate the healing of tendons and/or ligaments.  When these healing substances and cells are injected into the affected area(s) in higher concentrations, they can promote a faster healing process.   Patients that are not ready for surgery, or just want faster healing to get back to their normal routines could benefit from OrthoBiologics. 

BJISG is offering four types of OrthoBiologic Injections: 

  • ACP (Autologous Conditioned Plasma)
  • PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate
  • Stem Cells

 OrthoBiologic Injections can treat Moderate Arthritis, Advanced Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Tears, Traumatic Cartilage Loss, Tendonitits, and many more conditions. 

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G. Heath Denmark, PA-C Joins BJISG

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia continues to grow with the addition of Heath Denmark, PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant.

Heath brings over 5 years of experience as an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant. He attended Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, Georgia, graduating in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He then obtained a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA.

Upon his graduation in March of 2013, he began practicing in Douglas, GA. During his time in Douglas, he worked with a number of specialized teams including: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Total Joint Replacements, and Spine. “Heath brings with him a well-deserved reputation which adds to our respected group of providers our communities has access to,” said Dr. J. Matthew Valosen, Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Heath’s interest in Orthopaedics began in High School after a sports injury that required surgery. That surgery was performed by Dr. Kenerly. After his recovery, Heath shadowed Dr. Kenerly to learn more about the specialty. “I chose orthopaedics because of my interest in the sciences and sports. Orthopaedics not only brings all of my interests together, but allows us to impact a patient’s life quickly and get them back to the things they love,” said Heath.

“We are blessed to have Heath join BJISG. He brings a wide variety of orthopaedic experience that will be an asset for our patients and surrounding communities,” said Dr. J. Lex Kenerly,III, Orthopaedic Surgeon.

BJISG voted Best Orthopaedic Practice in Liberty County

For the fourth year in a row, the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia has been voted the Best Orthopaedic Practice in Liberty County.  Coastal Courier readers submitted thousands of votes in categories ranging from food and entertainment to shopping and healthcare.  “We are honored to once again receive this award. The health of the communities we serve is our number one priority,” said Kyle Deuter, Certified Physician Assistant.

The Bone and Joint Institute of South Georgia continues to grow with additional world-class providers, state-of-the-art medical equipment and expanded services to help meet the Orthopaedic needs of the communities we serve. We have four convenient locations in Hinesville, Jesup, Waycross and Baxley to allow our patients easier access to the latest, innovative orthopaedic services. BJISG now has eight providers and a staff of over 70 healthcare professionals.

“Our healthcare team is experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to making sure the patients of Liberty County receive world-class care,” said Dr. Jay B. Cook, Orthopaedic Surgeon.

BJISG offers advanced orthopaedic services including many non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options as well as advanced electrodiagnostic EMG/NCS testing. Many surgical treatment options are also available including: Spine Surgery, Total Joint Replacements, Arthroscopic Procedures, Rotator Cuff Repair, ACL Tears, Carpal Tunnel Treatment, Fracture/Trauma Care and much more.

The Surgery Center of BJI now offers advanced spine surgery!

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia now offers advanced spine surgery in their Outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center.

With the addition of a specialized Spine System O.R. Table, and a Zeiss Microscope that allows for crystal clear resolution and 3D visualization, Dr. Thomas P. Loumeau is now able to perform many advanced, minimally invasive spine procedures in the surgery suites at the Surgery Center of BJI.  Dr. Loumeau offers cervical and lumbar procedures such as fusions, discectomies, and total disc arthroplasty (replacement) to help patients that are suffering from back and neck pain associated with damaged, herniated, or degenerative discs.  Minimally invasive procedures allow for reduced blood loss, reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, and faster recovery times after surgery.

Dr. Loumeau, a Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, specializes in the diagnoses and treatments of the spine.  He brought a vast amount of knowledge to the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia when he joined the practice in February of 2017 and has performed many innovative procedures through the Bone & Joint Institute as well as Wayne Memorial Hospital. 

Conveniently located on-site at the Bone and Joint Institute of South Georgia in Jesup, GA, the surgery suites at the Surgery Center of BJI were designed exclusively for same-day orthopaedic surgeries. The surgery suites are equipped with the latest technology, including high-definition video cameras for arthroscopic procedures, our digital fluoroscopic x-ray unit, and high resolution computer monitors that display medical imagery that ensure a high level of patient safety, satisfaction and positive outcomes.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call toll free (866) 806-0800.

BJISG Earns Bulldog Top 100 Again For 2017

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia (BJISG) has once again been recognized as a 2017 Bulldog Top 100 Business.

The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates. Approximately 490 nominations were submitted to the University of Georgia for the 2017 Bulldog 100. Nominees for the Bulldog 100 reach as far west as California and as far northeast as New York.

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia was founded in 2010 by Dr. Lex Kenerly, orthopaedic surgeon and UGA graduate. BJISG has since grown to serve 18 counties in southern Georgia and offers a wide range of orthopaedic services including:

• Surgical and non-surgical procedures
• Arthrscopic procedures of joints
• Arthritis diagnostics and treatments
• Botox® therapy for migraine treatments
• Computer assisted surgery
• Electrodiagnostics – nerve conduction studies
• ESI (epidural steroid injections)
• Fracture & trauma repairs
• Ligament, tendon & muscle repairs
• Open MRI and digital x-ray services
• Physical medicine and rehabilitation
• Spine surgery
• Sports medicine
• Total joint replacements and much more.

“While this prestigious accolade is humbling to receive, it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of my business partner Dr. Matthew Valosen and our world class team of providers,” said Lex Kenerly, MD.

New Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Joins BJISG!

Thomas P. Loumeau, MD, a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, has joined the medical staff of the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia.  Dr. Loumeau completed his spine surgery fellowship at one of the top spine surgery centers in the nation – OrthoCarolina, in Charlotte, NC. He worked alongside leading spine surgeons performing complex procedures. 

Dr. Loumeau began his medical career after graduating from University of Notre Dame with honors as an English Literature major. He attended Trinity College of Medicine in Dublin, Ireland.  He attended the University of Illinois neurosurgery residency program in Peoria, Illinois, followed by the University of Florida orthopedic surgery residency program in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Loumeau then did his spine surgery fellowship at OtrhoCarolina.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Loumeau join our surgical team.  His spine experience makes him a great asset to both our practice and our community,” said Lex Kenerly, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon.  “His innovative procedures will greatly help benefit patients with back and neck issues.”

“Dr. Loumeau’s expertise is a great addition to our practice adding expertise to further advance the orthopaedic services of the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia,” said Richard L. Clark, Cheif Executive Officer.  “We are honored to welcome Dr. Loumeau to our family, he provides a great blend of advanced clinical education and knowledge with a strong passion for providing community-based care.”

For more information, or to make an appointment, call toll free (866) 806-0800.

Surgery Center of BJI Accreditation

Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia Receives 3rd Award of Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalJuly 18, 2017 – Jesup, GA – The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia (BJISG) Jesup Surgery Center has earned its third consecutive seal of accreditation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to BJI for demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and patient safety in January. The first seal of accreditation was awarded in April 2011, and again in March 2014. The awards recognize the practice for their continued dedication and outstanding service in orthopedic care.

Since 1975, The Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. Approximately 1,900 of the nearly 6,000 freestanding ambulatory care organizations in the US maintain Joint Commission accreditation.

The Joint Commission accreditation process is carried out every three years. The non-profit organization is known to have the highest standards in regard to medical accreditation, and through inspections they identify medical practices that exemplify exceptional healthcare. In an effort to continue improving overall health standards for the public and inspire medical providers to practice the best patient care and safety possible, The Joint Commission is constantly expanding and adapting their state-of-the-art standards. 

In April of 2017, an unannounced, on-site survey was conducted at BJI’s Surgery Center in Jesup. The care, treatment, and overall service of surgical patients was thoroughly tracked and evaluated. Other procedures assessed by the Joint Commission include key operational systems, infection prevention, leadership, and medication management. 

 The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center in Jesup, with digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopaedic surgeries, and on-site x-ray services. Both the Jesup and Waycross locations house Open MRI’s, each awarded with accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Based in Jesup, BJI serves 18 Southeast Georgia counties, and has satellite offices in Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.

BJISG at Jesup Earns ACR Accreditation

March, 2017 – Jesup, GA — The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia’s Jesup practice has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR has recognized the practice and location for its achievement in exhibiting exceptional image quality, high practice standard, and patient safety. This award is only given to facilities meeting the ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians, radiologists, and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are all assessed. The findings of the evaluation are then reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation.

The ACR evaluation provides a comprehensive report which BJI uses to improve upon their practice. BJI opened the Jesup location in August of 2010 and is committed to offering the highest quality of MRI services to the community and surrounding areas.

The ACR is a national professional organization with 36,000 members, comprised of diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists. The ACR’s focus is to make the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology safe and accessible. 

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center at the Jesup location, with digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopaedic surgeries, on-site x-ray services, and an open MRI accredited by the American College of Radiology. Based in Jesup, BJI serves 18 Southeast Georgia counties, and has satellite offices in Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.