Dr. Ralph Estes, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 66

Dr. Estes
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

21 Turtle Creek Dr Asheville, NC 28803

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(828) 979-8425

Dr. Ralph Estes, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Asheville, NC and has over 39 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Estes has more experience with Knee & Lower Limb Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Texas- San Antonio medical school in 1982. He is affiliated with Pardee Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Estes to book an appointment.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Estes

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Estes treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Estes treats other conditions, please contact the office at (828) 979-8425.

Knee & Lower Limb Surgery

Knee and lower limb surgeons perform procedures such as total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and tendor repair, to treat conditions including arthritis, ligament tears, or bone fractures.Compare with other Knee & Lower Limb Surgery specialists.

Dr. Estes is experienced in the area of Knee & Lower Limb Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Treatments
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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Knee Sprain
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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Dr. Estes' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Injection
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fracture

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Dr. Estes accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
Wellpath Preferred PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MedCost
MedCost PPO
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
Meritain Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Priority Health
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wells Fargo Insurance

Dr. Estes' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Estes

4.5

Based on 35 ratings

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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (27)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (27)
  • Explained conditions well (27)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (4)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (4)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (4)
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Dr Estes did shoulder surgery for me and knee surgery for my daughter. Great results with both!
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What could be improved
No results
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Jun 08, 2020
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Went see dr. Estes with a sore knee found out that I have torn meniscus and needed surgery. Was very happy with the treatment I received
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 21, 2019
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Dr. Estes went above and beyond in the treatment of my left hand. I had been experiencing pain, weakness, and numbness. He was diligent in making sure that the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was indeed the problem. Once that was determined he was quick to schedule the surgery. I am 6 weeks post op and I am symptom free and have full range of motion in the hand. Dr. Estes also took care of a knee issue many years ago for me with great success. I highly recommend Dr. Estes he is professional, thorough, and is patient minded in his interaction with me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Russella "Rusty" Vazquez – Oct 26, 2019
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I had a severely damaged knee, Dr Estes performed arthroscopic surgery. He repaired both torn meniscus plus 2 unhealed stress fractures in my knee cap & 1 in my femur, he did this by harvesting my stem cells & then injecting them in the stress fractures for rapid healing. In 2 months I was back to work & a month after that I was riding my bike & playing hockey again. I can’t thank Dr Estes & his staff enough for there great work, kindness & professionalism
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What could be improved
No results
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John C – Jul 19, 2019
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Dr. Estes is wonderful and knee injury healed fast under his care and attention. He listens and understands.
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What could be improved
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Apr 09, 2019
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Four months ago Dr. Estes surgically removed a large spur from my shoulder as well as some of my AC joint, cleaned up some scar tissue, treated my tendenosis, bursitis, impingement, and frozen shoulder, and today I couldn’t be better! I have full motion without pain! I appreciate the professionalism of Dr. Estes, the staff, and all those at Pardee that contributed to my healing. I thank God continually for this. I highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ann Holder in Hendersonville , NC – Jan 09, 2019
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Dr. Estes is wonderful. Gave me all my options and the surgery was as uneventful as it could be under the circumstances. I have had multiple surgeries and he and his staff were by far the best! I am a nurse who worked at Pardee years ago and was blown away by Southeastern Sports Medicine, Dr. Estes and the hospital staff. They were WONDERFUL!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Fletcher, NC – Jun 02, 2018
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I was referred to Dr Estes for a Baker's Cyst on my left knee. From the moment I met Dr Estes he has explain everything that he did to help me with my knee. He is very understanding and kind, he listened to my concerns and worked with me to ensure that my knee healed properly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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tammy Smith in East Flat Rock – Feb 12, 2018
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I am retired from the medical field and I have been well aware of Dr. Estes reputation for a while.I have even taken care of some of his patients before retiring so when I needed an orthopedic MD I knew he would be my first choice. He has the greatest bedside manner and truly listens to you. He is kind, friendly and most of all knowledgeable about whatever procedure he is going to do and explains everything in a way that you will understand. His staff is outstanding ,friendly and courteous.!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Carol Decker in Flat Rock NC – Feb 07, 2018
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Condition: torn meniscus, arthritis, pseudo gout... hair line fractures. I experienced a great deal of pain for an extended period of time. I met with a different surgeon and he scheduled replacement surgery. I decided to get a second opinion. The second knee surgeon looked at the sam MRI, and ex-rays, took additional ex-rays and decided that I didn't knee replacement. He recommended Dr. Estes. Dr. Estes repeated all the tests and decided on orthrascopic surgery. I have been very pleased.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dennis Corn in Hendersonville, NC – Jan 08, 2018
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Dr. Estes took his time with me on every appointment and explained everything about my surgery on my shoulder. Always come into the room with a smile. Had full confidence in him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Blackstock, SC – Aug 16, 2017
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Dr. Estes did surgery on my knee this past October. I would highly recommend him! He has a great personality and took the time to answer any and all questions that I had. Followup after my surgery was great as well.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cindy R. in Hendersonville, NC – Apr 21, 2017
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what really made the experience great was several things. first and to me the most important was everything was explained, what was wrong and how it was going to be repaired. this was done in terms I could understand. It seemed as though great care was taken to make me feel at ease before the operation on my knee. then afterwards again everything was explained. and again great care was taken, instructions on exercising the knee and what to do and not to do. also the follow up was great.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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roger ashe in Hendersonville, NC – Apr 03, 2017
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I had suffered for over 3 years with shoulder pain and tried weeks of physical therapy with pain remaining. I chose Dr.Estes because he had done surgery on our daughter several years ago when she had injuries from playing soccer. He was very understanding when I explained my situation. I was frustrated not to be able to exercise like I had been used to doing. He gave me reassurance that we would find the problem and deal with it. God indeed used his hands & skills & I am exercising again! Thanks
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Margaret Hogsed in Brevard, NC – Feb 24, 2017
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Dr Estes has very skillfully repaired the torn meniscus cartilage in my left knee. His treatment has been just right for my knee problem before and after surgery. I would recommend him to anyone needing orthopedic surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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G M Fletcher in Hendersonville, NC – Feb 02, 2017
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I have seen Dr. Estes for three different joint problems in the last 7 years. I am extremely confident in his abilities to treat my problems. He preformed surgery on a torn meniscus in my right knee in 2015. I have been very pleased with the function of my knee. He is always professional, respectful and caring while treating me. I am a nurse and having worked with physicians in several different fields of the medical profession for 43 years consider him one of the best !
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Brenda Truman in Hendersonville, NC – Oct 14, 2016
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Dr Estes has performed 2 rotorycuff surgeries for me in past 15 year's. And both have Heald great. I'm right at 5 months in on my second, and I'm doing great. Neither of my surgeries were easy, my shoulders were in bad shape. considering I lost my leg and have walked with crunches for 35 year's. Iould want no one but him for any kind of orthopedic surgery, if you are reading this YOU have found your Doctor. .......
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jeff Lewis in Hendersonville nc. – Jul 27, 2016
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I have a rare genetic condition that causes me to dislocate joints. I dislocated my knee, tore my meniscus and ruptured my ACL. I had just started a new job 2 days before my appt with Dr. Estes. He clearly explained what the MRI showed, and that I needed extensive surgery to replace the ACL, which meant a long time in PT. I couldn't take off of my new job, so we figured out a plan to do the repair in 2 stages. He worked with my situation and treated me holistically, not as a number.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Hendersonville, NC – Jun 22, 2016
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Dr. Estes is a great Orthopedic Doctor and Surgeon. He takes time to explain your specific problem and tell you your alternatives to correct it. He is about my age, which is important to me, so he has years of experience and tells you in a very courteous and informative manner how to solve your medical condition.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael H. in Arden, NC – Jun 13, 2016
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I always felt that my best interest was Dr. Estes main concern through out the entire process. I have already recommended Dr Estes to a friend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Edward Bonnville in Mills River, NC – Jun 07, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Ralph Estes, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Asheville, NC and has over 39 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Estes has more experience...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1987
Baylor Scott and White Hospital
Residency Hospital
1983
Baylor Scott and White Hospital
Internship Hospital
1982
University of Texas- San Antonio
Medical School
1977
Texas A&M University / Main Campus
Undergraduate School
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Dr. Estes frequently treats Knee & Lower Limb Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Estes specializes.

Where is Dr. Ralph Estes, MD's office located?

Dr. Estes' office is located at 21 Turtle Creek Dr, Asheville, NC 28803. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics- Asheville21 Turtle Creek Dr Asheville, NC 28803
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Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics- Arden2775 Hendersonville Rd Arden, NC 28704
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics- Brevard45 Hendersonville Hwy Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics- Waynesville35 Valley View Ter Waynesville, NC 28786
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Pardee Hospital

Hendersonville, NC

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)