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As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon for North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Dr. Michael K. Merz specializes in joint replacement surgery, including anterior hip replacement and Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Hip and Knee surgery, as examples. He also holds two subspecialty fellowships in adult reconstruction and hip preservation. His goal is to help relieve pain and improve range-of-motion for his patients so they can return to daily activities and enjoy a better quality of life.
Upon graduating magna cum laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Merz attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Following, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he served as the administrative chief resident during his final year.
After his residency, Dr. Merz completed two fellowships in adult reconstruction and hip preservation. The first fellowship he acquired was the Otto E. Aufranc fellow in adult reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. It was there that Dr. Merz also received extensive training in primary and revision total hip and knee surgeries, as well as partial knee replacement.
Dr. Merz completed his second fellowship in hip-preservation surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital (affiliated with Harvard Medical School). During his time in Boston Children’s Hospital, he experienced hands-on training with patients diagnosed with hip conditions, ranging from birth through middle age. Under the leadership of widely-recognized surgeons, Dr. Merz trained in arthroscopy and osteotomies of the pelvis and femur.
Because of his broad knowledge and prolific training, Dr. Merz is able to diagnose and treat a number of hip conditions and orthopedic problems associated with hip and joint pain, which include:
Dr. Merz’s ability to provide patients with hip preservation treatment aligns with his passion for preventing arthritis of the hip joint, encouraging a safe recovery and return to activity. In addition to his dedication to relieve hip pain and improve patients’ quality of life, his expertise in joint replacement and minimally-invasive surgical approaches enables Dr. Merz to perform the following procedures:
Dr. Merz sees patients of all ages and operates primarily at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Triangle Orthopaedic Surgery Center, and Duke Regional Hospital.
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