Jonathan Christy, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee)

4.9 / 5

Jonathan Christy, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee)

4.9 / 5
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Medical School

West Virginia School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV, 2008

Residency

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013

Fellowship

Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction Fellowship
Rush University, Chicago, IL, 2014

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jonathan Christy, MD, is a specialist in hip and knee replacement and reconstruction, employing the most current treatments to alleviate pain and restore his patients to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Christy completed his fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the world-renowned Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University in Chicago. During his fellowship, Dr. Christy trained with many pioneers in the field of total joint replacement. He mastered the most current techniques in minimally invasive hip- and knee-replacement surgery, quadriceps sparing techniques for knee replacement, partial-knee replacement, minimally invasive anterior hip replacement, complex revision procedures for hip and knee replacement and multimodal pain management strategies that promote a faster recovery.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA from West Virginia University in 2004 with  B.S. in Biochemistry. He also played Division I soccer while at WVU during his undergraduate studies. Dr. Christy remained in Morgantown, WV for another 4 years, attending West Virginia University School of Medicine. While in medical school he was inducted into the prestigious medical society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) as well as graduating with honors. Dr. Christy went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. In his final year, he was selected as the Chief Resident for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his tenure, Dr. Christy published multiple articles in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals and has presented his research regionally and nationally.

Dr. Christy is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina with operating credentials at Saint Joseph’s, Candler, Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, and Memorial Medical Center. He sees patients at the Savannah, Hinesville, and Brunswick, GA, as well as, Bluffton, SC offices of Optim Orthopedics.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. Jennifer is a dentist and is currently practicing in Savannah, GA with Aspen Dental. In his free time, Dr. Christy enjoys being with family and friends, is dedicated to fitness and daily exercise, and participates in a variety of outdoor activities.

Dr. Christy’s Team

Gina Soule, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Callaway, MA

 

Lindsay Marine, Appointment Secretary

Check out Dr. Christy in the September 2018 issue of Chatham County Living magazine!

Conditions
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Hip
  • Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Procedures
  • Core Decompression for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement, Anterior Approach
Conditions
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Knee
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Procedures
  • Arthroscopic Chondroplasty
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation
  • Cartilage Repair (Biologic Patch with Chondrocyte Transplantation)
  • Cartilage Repair, Arthroscopically-Assisted Technique (Zimmer® DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft)
  • Cartilage Repair, Open Incision Technique (Zimmer® DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft)
  • Meniscus Repair (Arthroscopic Technique)
  • Microfracture Drilling Procedure for Isolated Chondral Defect
  • Mini Incision Total Knee Replacement
  • Multimodal Anesthesia and Pain Control
  • OATS Cartilage Repair Surgery
  • Partial Knee Replacement (using OXFORD® implant)
  • Partial Meniscectomy
  • Patellofemoral Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation for Arthritis of the Knee
Stem Cell Therapy
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call us at 912-651-8826 during our working hours or you can request an appointment online.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is mainly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition. Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.

What to bring for your initial consultation

For your initial consultation you will need to bring a referral letter from your physician if necessary. Here is check list for your initial consultation:

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you are seeing the doctor.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

How long do I need time off work after the surgery?

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the particular surgery. Generally it is recommended patients take two weeks off work to recover from any surgery and to resume light duty following resumption of work. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery.

How long before I can resume driving?

You should wait at least one week before driving after surgery. The effects of anaesthetic and surgery can affect judgment and reflexes during the first week following your surgery. Your surgeon will provide more specifics for your particular situation.

When can I resume exercise?

Your doctor will instruct you about post-treatment exercises – the type and the duration to be followed. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help with strengthening and range of motion exercises following surgery.

How do I contact after hours?

There will be a point of contact 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. You will be provided with contact details following your treatment.


MEDICAL QUESTIONS:

What are the non-surgical treatment options?

The non-surgical treatment options include rest, medications including analgesics and antibiotics, injections, and physical/occupational therapy.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

What are the risks associated with surgery?

As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anaesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.

When can I return to daily activities?

This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your particular health condition.

What can happen if surgery is avoided?

Some complications of not undergoing an orthopaedic surgery for your condition include pain, loss of joint motion, joint weakness, numbness and an early onset of arthritis.

What are the most common injuries?

The most common orthopaedic injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations. Injuries can occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

We know the thought of surgery may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. We have put together some information we hope help answer your questions. Feel free to download and print these documents as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Medical School

West Virginia School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV, 2008

Residency

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013

Fellowship

Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction Fellowship
Rush University, Chicago, IL, 2014

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jonathan Christy, MD, is a specialist in hip and knee replacement and reconstruction, employing the most current treatments to alleviate pain and restore his patients to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Christy completed his fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the world-renowned Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University in Chicago. During his fellowship, Dr. Christy trained with many pioneers in the field of total joint replacement. He mastered the most current techniques in minimally invasive hip- and knee-replacement surgery, quadriceps sparing techniques for knee replacement, partial-knee replacement, minimally invasive anterior hip replacement, complex revision procedures for hip and knee replacement and multimodal pain management strategies that promote a faster recovery.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA from West Virginia University in 2004 with  B.S. in Biochemistry. He also played Division I soccer while at WVU during his undergraduate studies. Dr. Christy remained in Morgantown, WV for another 4 years, attending West Virginia University School of Medicine. While in medical school he was inducted into the prestigious medical society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) as well as graduating with honors. Dr. Christy went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. In his final year, he was selected as the Chief Resident for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his tenure, Dr. Christy published multiple articles in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals and has presented his research regionally and nationally.

Dr. Christy is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina with operating credentials at Saint Joseph’s, Candler, Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, and Memorial Medical Center. He sees patients at the Savannah, Hinesville, and Brunswick, GA, as well as, Bluffton, SC offices of Optim Orthopedics.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. Jennifer is a dentist and is currently practicing in Savannah, GA with Aspen Dental. In his free time, Dr. Christy enjoys being with family and friends, is dedicated to fitness and daily exercise, and participates in a variety of outdoor activities.

Dr. Christy’s Team

Gina Soule, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Callaway, MA

 

Lindsay Marine, Appointment Secretary

Check out Dr. Christy in the September 2018 issue of Chatham County Living magazine!

Conditions
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Hip
  • Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Procedures
  • Core Decompression for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement, Anterior Approach
Conditions
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Knee
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Procedures
  • Arthroscopic Chondroplasty
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation
  • Cartilage Repair (Biologic Patch with Chondrocyte Transplantation)
  • Cartilage Repair, Arthroscopically-Assisted Technique (Zimmer® DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft)
  • Cartilage Repair, Open Incision Technique (Zimmer® DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft)
  • Meniscus Repair (Arthroscopic Technique)
  • Microfracture Drilling Procedure for Isolated Chondral Defect
  • Mini Incision Total Knee Replacement
  • Multimodal Anesthesia and Pain Control
  • OATS Cartilage Repair Surgery
  • Partial Knee Replacement (using OXFORD® implant)
  • Partial Meniscectomy
  • Patellofemoral Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation for Arthritis of the Knee
Stem Cell Therapy
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call us at 912-651-8826 during our working hours or you can request an appointment online.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is mainly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition. Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.

What to bring for your initial consultation

For your initial consultation you will need to bring a referral letter from your physician if necessary. Here is check list for your initial consultation:

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you are seeing the doctor.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

How long do I need time off work after the surgery?

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the particular surgery. Generally it is recommended patients take two weeks off work to recover from any surgery and to resume light duty following resumption of work. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery.

How long before I can resume driving?

You should wait at least one week before driving after surgery. The effects of anaesthetic and surgery can affect judgment and reflexes during the first week following your surgery. Your surgeon will provide more specifics for your particular situation.

When can I resume exercise?

Your doctor will instruct you about post-treatment exercises – the type and the duration to be followed. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help with strengthening and range of motion exercises following surgery.

How do I contact after hours?

There will be a point of contact 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. You will be provided with contact details following your treatment.


MEDICAL QUESTIONS:

What are the non-surgical treatment options?

The non-surgical treatment options include rest, medications including analgesics and antibiotics, injections, and physical/occupational therapy.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

What are the risks associated with surgery?

As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anaesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.

When can I return to daily activities?

This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your particular health condition.

What can happen if surgery is avoided?

Some complications of not undergoing an orthopaedic surgery for your condition include pain, loss of joint motion, joint weakness, numbness and an early onset of arthritis.

What are the most common injuries?

The most common orthopaedic injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations. Injuries can occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

We know the thought of surgery may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. We have put together some information we hope help answer your questions. Feel free to download and print these documents as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Technology

  • Lipogems

    Lipogems is a cutting edge technology that gently processes and uses your body’s own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as your body heals itself. The fat is taken from the stomach, “love handles” or thigh areas using a local anesthetic to numb the area. Lipogems uses an FDA approved device that rinses and cleans the inflammatory oils and blood from the patient’s harvested fat and keeps the natural and beneficial properties of the fat tissue.

  • Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

    Optim Surgery Center is the first in the Savannah area to offer Mako robotic-arm assisted joint replacement procedures. This advanced technology allows our surgeons to perform partial knee and total hip replacement surgeries that are safer, more precise, and personally customized just for you with one specific goal in mind. To get you back to you. Listen to Orthopedic Surgeon

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Ratings/Reviews

Had both hips replaced by Dr. Christy at the Optim Medical Center in Reidsville. Surgeries were approximately 5 weeks apart. Both surgeries went better than I could have hoped. Dr. Christy is very personable and I really appreciate his straight forward approach with regards to setting expectations and his attentiveness and patience when addressing my questions. Both he and his staff have been exceptional. Would absolutely recommend.

Extremely caring and answered all my questions with patience and kindness. He made it easy to trust him as a doctor and was very easy to talk to. He made me feel that he would take good care of me as his patient. I totally trust him and would use him again if needed and I highly recommend him.

Dr. Christy and colleagues are awesome.

Optim Orthopedics , what can I say . After consulting with two other Dr.'s , I was referred to Dr. Jonathan Christy. He is known as an excellent knee surgeon for Optim group ,along with other surgeries . I needed a total knee replacement, and was in great pain. My surgery was scheduled for December 3rd at 7:30 am . . I was treated with the upmost respect and had knowledge of everything that was going on and that would take place after surgery was underway. I was most concerned about the pain that would most likely meet me upon waking . NOT this time . I woke with no pain, and so excited that after more than 15 yrs. I had finally gotten the surgery needed on my knee. My pain was managed so well, I was able to walk the distance required for me to go home. Hit the therapy table and on my way. Two weeks of therapy, 3 times a week and the best care and support I have ever received after having a procedure. My 2 week appt. ended with no more therapy, being able to drive and a beautiful straight leg and fixed knee. I understand that most patients may not have such a great experience. Listen to your Doctor, he has your best interest at heart. Take the meds as prescribed. Push through the therapy, at home and in rehab. It's up to you as how well you do. For me Dr. Christy is and will always be the the best surgeon I could have used for my knee surgery. From beginning to end he and his staff have supported me in every way possible. If ever I need ortho surgery in the future, I have the best waiting to help me with my needs. I am proud to call Jonathan Christy my Dr. .

The facility in Savannah is great, they are organized and I don't believe I ever waited more than 15 minutes on each visit. The use of the digital remote patient screen/Pad at office to update medical info is quick and convenient. The online portal to communicate with Doctor is great, I wish all doctors would offer this technology. Dr Christy has professionally followed up with me in a timely manner, online, summarizing our visit, also his assistant Alicia Callaway is very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions by phone and/or online patient portal.

Dr. Christy was concerned about my foot being numb after full knee replacement & called me at home to check on me. I was very impressed. What amazing care that showed. On a 1 to 10 scale, I give them a 15!

Terri Delghingaro

Patricia Steele

Rick Montgomery

Had both hips replaced by Dr. Christy at the Optim Medical Center in Reidsville. Surgeries were approximately 5 weeks apart. Both surgeries went better than I could have hoped. Dr. Christy is very personable and I really appreciate his straight forward approach with regards to setting expectations and his attentiveness and patience when addressing my questions. Both he and his staff have been exceptional. Would absolutely recommend.

Amy in GA

Extremely caring and answered all my questions with patience and kindness. He made it easy to trust him as a doctor and was very easy to talk to. He made me feel that he would take good care of me as his patient. I totally trust him and would use him again if needed and I highly recommend him.

Robert Jones

GIOVANNI FLORES

Dr. Christy and colleagues are awesome.

Paulette Chumley

Optim Orthopedics , what can I say . After consulting with two other Dr.'s , I was referred to Dr. Jonathan Christy. He is known as an excellent knee surgeon for Optim group ,along with other surgeries . I needed a total knee replacement, and was in great pain. My surgery was scheduled for December 3rd at 7:30 am . . I was treated with the upmost respect and had knowledge of everything that was going on and that would take place after surgery was underway. I was most concerned about the pain that would most likely meet me upon waking . NOT this time . I woke with no pain, and so excited that after more than 15 yrs. I had finally gotten the surgery needed on my knee. My pain was managed so well, I was able to walk the distance required for me to go home. Hit the therapy table and on my way. Two weeks of therapy, 3 times a week and the best care and support I have ever received after having a procedure. My 2 week appt. ended with no more therapy, being able to drive and a beautiful straight leg and fixed knee. I understand that most patients may not have such a great experience. Listen to your Doctor, he has your best interest at heart. Take the meds as prescribed. Push through the therapy, at home and in rehab. It's up to you as how well you do. For me Dr. Christy is and will always be the the best surgeon I could have used for my knee surgery. From beginning to end he and his staff have supported me in every way possible. If ever I need ortho surgery in the future, I have the best waiting to help me with my needs. I am proud to call Jonathan Christy my Dr. .

Charles Heard

Don Overtoom

The facility in Savannah is great, they are organized and I don't believe I ever waited more than 15 minutes on each visit. The use of the digital remote patient screen/Pad at office to update medical info is quick and convenient. The online portal to communicate with Doctor is great, I wish all doctors would offer this technology. Dr Christy has professionally followed up with me in a timely manner, online, summarizing our visit, also his assistant Alicia Callaway is very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions by phone and/or online patient portal.

Cindie Rigdon

Dr. Christy was concerned about my foot being numb after full knee replacement & called me at home to check on me. I was very impressed. What amazing care that showed. On a 1 to 10 scale, I give them a 15!

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