Don't Let your Hip or Knee Slow You Down

Robotic-Arm assisted total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements with Stryker's Mako SmartRobotics 

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To schedule an joint replacement appointment consultation with one of the below surgeons, call (205) 939-3699 and ask to speak with the appropriate staff member listed below.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Davis (Hip & Knee Replacement)  – Request Dr. Davis' appointment scheduler
Dr. Benton A. Emblom (Hip Replacement) – Request Dr. Emblom's appointment scheduler
Dr. Wayne McGough (Knee Replacement) – Request Dr. McGough's appointment scheduler
Dr. K. David Moore – (Hip & Knee Replacement) Request Dr. Moore's appointment scheduler

Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is the first orthopaedic practice in Birmingham, Alabama to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System. Today, Ascension St. Vincent's Birmingham is still the only hospital in Greater Birmingham to offer the game-changing, SmartRobotics technology.

Mako SmartRobotics™ uses 3D CT-based planning software so your surgeon can know more about your anatomy to create a personalized joint replacement surgical plan. By guiding your surgeon during surgery, Mako's AccuStop™ technology allows your surgeon to cut less by cutting precisely what's planned to help protect your healthy bone.

Since introducing Stryker's Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System to the Greater Birmingham area in August, 2017 our practice's surgeons have performed more than 4,000+ total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements utilizing the technology.

Team up with Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center to achieve victory over your injury and come back better than ever.

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Marcia Lowry - Total Knee Replacement (Bessemer, AL)

Marcia Lowry - The ComebackTotal Knee Replacement

I worked at St. Vincent's Birmingham for 18 years and saw Andrews Sports Medicine being built. I was having trouble with my knee and received a strong recommendation to see Dr. David Moore, one of Andrews Sports Medicine's joint replacement specialists. Looking back, from the beginning of my experience to the end, I know I couldn’t have chosen a better surgeon.

On December 21, 2017, I saw Dr. Moore for the first time. Dr. Moore brought copies of my MRI to our appointment and said they definitely needed to proceed with surgery. He scheduled me an appointment for February and explained that he would be utilizing the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted System during the surgery.

Prior to surgery, I attended the joint camp with my husband so I knew exactly what to expect pre and post surgery. I went into the surgery knowing that this was something I needed to go through in order to get the outcome I wanted. That same day, I was able to go in for my CT scan at Andrews Sports Medicine and I didn’t need to make multiple trips, which was really nice. I have a background in healthcare administration and I know how much detail and planning can make a difference in the patient’s experience. Having everything scheduled on the same day was absolutely wonderful.

On February 5, 2018 Dr. Moore performed my knee replacement surgery. Right after surgery I thought I would feel pain, but I didn’t. The only pain I felt was from the incision, but nothing internal. Julie, the joint camp nurse, and Michelle, Dr. Moore's clinical care coordinator, came by and scheduled a follow-up appointment for me so I didn’t have to worry about calling people. Dr. Moore also set up at-home therapy for me.

After 6 weeks, I was able to stop using my shower chair and could dress myself. I look back now and I’m just so surprised that Dr. Moore and the technology he utilized was able to perform that type of surgery on me. It really didn't experience much pain during my recovery.

My husband was my main support system through the entire process. He took a family medical leave so he could help me with everything. I couldn’t drive for six weeks, but the other day I was able to drive myself to the grocery store and back. I attended church the last three Sundays and now, everyone wants to see my doctor!

The whole process at Andrews Sports Medicine was great. Yes, there was pain from my incision, but I quickly saw light at the end of the tunnel. Dr. Moore, his expertise, and the assistance he got from the Mako System made all the difference in the world. The clinical coordinator at the hospital was so kind and called to ask how I was doing post surgery. And the ladies in x-ray, oh my goodness! They were so kind and helpful. This is the first time I’ve spoken up and said I wanted to tell my story because of how positive my experience was.

I had my post-op appointment yesterday and the x-ray showed perfect alignment. There was a 107 range in motion and I can straighten my leg. The incision healed up wonderfully with no problems at all. Thank you Dr. Moore and Andrews Sports Medicine staff!

Robert Sells - Total Knee Replacement (Montgomery, AL)

Robert Sells_The ComebackTotal Knee Replacement

At age 35, I was married, active, enjoying a new career, and looking forward to life. In the summer of that year – 1989 – that life changed completely. I was diagnosed with an aggressive case of rheumatoid arthritis and I would spend a year-and-a-half bedridden until I fought to regain minor mobility. I was told that my walking days were over and that I would soon be in a wheelchair. Decades of issues with chronic pain and the challenges of being disabled and an invalid followed.

My journey to restoration began in the late summer of 2017. My primary physician in Montgomery recommended that I visit Andrews Sports Medicine to see if anything could be done about the crippling pain in my knees and devastating loss of mobility. They had been virtually destroyed by the rheumatoid arthritis along with eight other joints. After successful anterior hip replacement in January of 2017 here in Montgomery, I was told that I was not a candidate for further joint replacement surgeries. My wife and I were understandably devastated. My family physician refused to accept that prognosis, so I agreed to accept a referral to Andrews.

A friend had experienced great success with a TKR performed by Dr. Jeffrey Davis at Andrews, so I made contact with Davis’ office to request an evaluation. Being essentially invalid and having been unable to travel for several years, my wife and I had no idea how we would even get to Birmingham to even meet the doctor. A 200-mile round-trip seemed impossible for us. We relied on God’s grace to provide, and He did so every step of the way.

With God’s provision, my wife and I arrived at Andrews Sports Medicine several weeks later and were immediately impressed with the clinic’s atmosphere. The staff was kind, professional, and assuring. We were immediately comfortable and at ease. I was thoroughly x-rayed and examined, and shortly my wife and I were consulting with Dr. Davis’ P.A., Katie Beckham. She listened intently and patiently while I sat in my wheelchair and explained my plight. She then advised that the doctor would, of course, make the final decision about treatment, but she felt like something definitely could be done to grant me some relief from the chronic, 24/7 pain and loss of mobility. My wife and I were immediately relieved.

Moments later, Dr. Davis appeared and immediately impressed us with his calm, assured demeanor. I expressed that the entire facility inspired feelings of confidence and positivity. He shared that they worked diligently to foster just such an atmosphere. He listened more than he spoke, and eventually said he felt I would be one of the toughest cases he had ever treated but that he was confident that he could restore some degree of mobility in my knees and increase my quality of life through joint replacements – which I had been told by others that I could never have. My wife was so moved and relieved that she began softly crying! God is so good!

We thoroughly discussed the complexity of replacing two knees within a matter of weeks of each other, and after agreeing that I would reduce my weight to get my BMI below an acceptable level, we all agreed to proceed with the first Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery as soon as possible. My wife and I were thrilled but also apprehensive and anxious.

The weeks between that visit and my first surgery were filled with a myriad of appointments for scans, lab work, registration, etc., and I called the clinic at least two dozen times with endless questions. Each and every time, Dr. Davis’ staff members were incredibly understanding, patient, and thorough in addressing my issues and concerns. I still find it hard to believe how much each of these wonderful people continue to exhibit the spirit of Christ in their work everyday!

The big day arrived at last, and from the patient’s point of view, everything went smoothly. From the moment we arrived at valet parking, the staff exceeded every one of our expectations. After recovery, I learned that Dr. Davis was correct and that the procedure had been exceptionally challenging and difficult, partially due to my soft bone structure. But because of his years of training and experience, the assistance of his outstanding P.A., Katie Beckham, along with God’s merciful guidance, Davis was able to succeed where others would not even make the attempt. When he shared the news of successful surgery with my wife, she again cried tears of joy!

My three-day stay at St. Vincent’s was both wonderful and agonizing. Every single nurse, technician, and staff member took superb care of me and met my every need. The pain, however, especially with physical therapy, was intense. (Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: the leg pain with TKR surgery is brutal! The knee doesn’t hurt, but the muscles and nerves make up for it. It quickly gets better, though, I promise you.) My therapists were patient but determined, and we made it through those initial days quite well.

I transferred to a rehab hospital in Montgomery for a ten-day stay, then briefly went home where I received physical therapy for about another ten days. Dr. Davis recommended we tackle the right TKR as soon as possible, so exactly four weeks to the day after receiving my new left knee, he replaced the right one. I told people I was either really brave or really crazy – or both! Actually, I was desperate.

The second Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery was another resounding success, and as soon as I awakened out of recovery, I was thrilled to discover yet again that my knee pain was completely gone! After living in agony with R.A. for 28 years, I was completely without pain in these two critical joints! My wife and I are still amazed at the miracle of these two month-apart surgeries which were both completed with zero complications.

The second recovery routine was exactly the same as the first: three days at St. Vincent’s, 10 days at the rehab hospital, followed by home physical therapy. I worked hard, grew stronger every day, and was determined to rehabilitate my legs as quickly and thoroughly as possible. In our initial meeting Dr. Davis said that my rehabilitation process could take as long as nine months because of underlying health issues. I agreed to commit myself to the task but, of course, was hoping to finish somewhat sooner. I was completely on board with every challenge because I was excited and optimistic about my future.

I started outpatient therapy a few weeks following the second surgery and found the two-hour workouts painful, challenging, and yet enjoyable. I also continued to work out at home on my “off” days each week. Through determination and persistence and diligence – guided by thoroughly-skilled therapists during every phase of my recovery – I exceeded the expectations of Dr. Davis, his P.A., Katie, and everyone else who worked with me. The “miracle” of my two new knees kept me going on some very tough days.

“Discharge Day” at Andrews, six-and-a-half weeks after the second surgery, was a jubilant celebration with lots of excitement. For the first time ever, I was pleased to walk into the clinic instead of being wheeled in. I stood smiling face-to-face with Dr. Davis and gave him an outstanding report from the director of my physical therapy facility. Dr. Davis told me that I had exceeded his expectations and had made remarkable progress: “I’m proud of you, man!” He discharged me from his care and said, “Go live your life!” My wife, again, cried tears of joy!

I will continue to enjoy and use these remarkable pain-free knees for the rest of my life. Dr. Davis and his staff not only gave me back two inches in height (my knees were bent for decades by the R.A.), he – more importantly -- restored enjoyment and quality to my life. I am once again able to enjoy living and walking and no longer feel anguish and torturous pain with each step I take. My surgeon and his entire team have made every day exciting and adventurous as I am able to again enjoy activities I gave up decades ago.

I extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who took part in the process of restoring my life. Thanks to the whole team, I’ve experienced a true miracle! I appreciate everyone involved for being an instrument of God’s healing power, and offer my unending thanks.

Tonya Cohen - Partial Knee Replacement (Sheffield, AL)

Tonya Cohen-The ComebackPartial Knee Replacement

I grew up in Sheffield, AL, but years later moved to Las Vegas, NV with my family, living there for 17 years. I have danced all my life and now teach as well as judge competitions. Over time, my active lifestyle as a dancer has made me more prone to different injuries, especially in my knees.

At the young age of 13, I had my first surgery on my left kneecap while I was still living in Sheffield. The surgery lasted me about 25 years until I started to feel swelling again.

The peak of my knee pain happened three years ago when I was dancing in Las Vegas. I went to the doctor to have a procedure and afterwards, I still couldn’t put complete weight on my leg. I couldn’t take ballet classes, teach, or judge competitions like I used to. It was a very discouraging time for me.

My doctor told me that my options were to wear a load-baring brace, have injections, or receive a partial knee replacement. None of the surgeons in Las Vegas would perform the knee replacement surgery I needed, but when they found out I was from Alabama, they recommended I go to Andrews Sports Medicine.

Despite being only 40 years old, Dr. K. David Moore looked at my charts and agreed to meet with me. I knew I needed the best of the best in order for my leg to be restored. My family and I ended up moving from Las Vegas back to Birmingham just so I could have my procedure done by Dr. Moore.

Dr. Moore performed my partial knee replacement on the medial side of my left knee on December 20, 2017. I was very impressed not only with Dr. Moore, but the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery technology that was utilized. The robot’s precision made for a quicker recovery time and the results were amazing. I could not be more pleased!

Two weeks after my surgery, I was on the reformer doing Pilates (I have been a certified Pilates instructor for five years). I also started teaching dance again three weeks after my surgery.

It has been four months since my partial knee replacement by Dr. Moore and I feel great. Besides Dr. Moore being a brilliant surgeon, he had an incredible bedside manner. He was very calm, patient, caring, and honest. I went to my follow-up appointment recently and Dr. Moore said I didn’t need to come back for another year. Everything from the facility to the doctors was amazing.

My advice to anyone thinking about getting any procedure done would be to really work hard during recovery. The surgeon can be brilliant, but if the patient doesn’t put in the work post-surgery, then they won’t recover to their full potential. You need to really put in the time and effort.

Joel & Eileen Chelewski - Total Hip Replacement (McCalla, AL)

Joel & Eileen Chelewski - The ComebackHip Replacement


My family and I moved to Birmingham about 25 years ago from Brooklyn, New York. We love the Alabama culture and all the people here.

A few years back, I started having pain in my right hip from arthritis and visited an orthopaedic practice to get an opinion on what to do. The practice did x-rays and saw I not only had a bad right hip, but a bad left hip too. The practice suggested injections and I received those a couple of times, but felt no relief.

The pain got so bad that I started limping and knew it was time to have joint replacement surgery on my right hip. I moved forward with joint replacement of my right hip, but my experience at the orthopaedic practice wasn’t as good as it could have been.

Although I knew I needed to also get my left hip replaced, I put it off for years because I was scared I would have another negative experience. I knew about Andrews Sports Medicine because my husband had been going there for his knee and loved Dr. Jeffrey Davis and his staff. During one of my husband’s appointments, I asked Dr. Davis if he could perform my hip surgery. He said he would be honored and made an appointment for me right away.

Dr. Davis recommended he replace my left hip with the assistance of the Mako Robototic-Arm Assisted Technology being utilized by he and Andrews Sports Medicine. On January 22, 2018, Dr. Davis performed my procedure and afterwards, I could immediately tell a difference between my right and left hip.

After my right hip replacement from the other practice, I couldn’t move my leg. The rehab was slow because the pain was so bad that I couldn’t perform the appropriate exercises. It took months longer to get back to doing simple tasks like bending over and tying my shoe, compared to my surgery done by Dr. Davis and the Mako System.

After my left hip procedure with the Mako System, I was able to immediately get out of bed and soar through my recovery exercises. I was pretty self-sufficient my whole time in recovery. The greatest benefit was that Dr. Davis was able to correct my leg length issue. I could bend over and put my own shoes on, which had a lot to do with the precision of the Mako System.

My husband and I are so pleased with the way Dr. Davis performed both of our surgeries. Aside from his expertise, he has an incredible bedside manner. He said a prayer for me before I went into surgery, which lifted everything off of me. He is not only a great person, but a great doctor.

It’s been six weeks since my surgery at Andrews Sports Medicine and I’ve been running three miles on the treadmill and am back at work. For my husband and I, there is a huge difference in quality of life.

At Andrews Sports Medicine, it isn’t just the physician that drives the experience, it’s the entire staff. Everyone I met was friendly, kind, and compassionate making the experience amazing. Katie, the PA, is amazing too and is a great asset to the whole team. Everyone was just fantastic.


Over fifteen years ago, I had a work-related injury in my right knee, bringing me to Andrews Sports Medicine. I saw Dr. Davis who performed an arthroscopy.

In October of 2015 I ended up having my left knee replaced by Dr. Davis. The replacement surgery he performed went so well that I went back to see him to get my original injured right knee replaced.

Dr. Davis recommended I have my right knee replaced with the assistance of the new Mako Robototic-Arm Assisted Technology being utilized by he and Andrews Sports Medicine.

Both procedures by Dr. Davis went amazing, however, the procedure done on my right knee, with the assistance of the Mako Technology, went especially well. Today, I never have any problems with my knee and it feels almost brand new.

Weeks after the surgery, it snowed in Alabama and I was outside making a snowman with my granddaughter! Being so active after surgery actually got my wife excited for her procedure! She was so impressed by Andrews Sports Medicine and Dr. Davis’s work.

I have been going to see Dr. Davis for over 15 years now and have never once had a negative experience. I have only positive things to say about Dr. Davis, his staff and the Andrews Sports Medicine practice.

Alicia Banks - Total Knee Replacement (Hoover, AL)

Alicia Banks - The Comeback

Total Knee Replacement

For several years I had chronic knee pain where the cartilage in my knee joint was wearing out. A co-worker of mine, who had shoulder surgery at Andrews Sports Medicine, recommended I see Dr. Benton Emblom for my pain and promised I would thank him later. I had previously heard great things about Dr. Emblom and his work from my cousin, so I decided to follow through and make an appointment.

By the time I got in to see Dr. Emblom, the cartilage in my knee was completely gone. I was a young, 38-year-old mother to a 7-year-old little girl. I had no energy and couldn’t even walk upstairs to my daughter’s room to play with her. I was limping everywhere. I’m a sales rep and my job requires me to get in and out of the car multiple times a day. Little things became major tasks for me and the pain affected my quality of life. It was devastating to have to go through that at such a young age.

From the moment I met Dr. Emblom I could tell he cared for me and for my condition. Because I was so young, Dr. Emblom didn’t want to rush me into having a total knee replacement right away. We tried injections and other techniques to try and alleviate the pain. When that didn’t work, Dr. Emblom immediately ordered an MRI and told me I was still really young to be having a total knee replacement. However, I knew I wanted my quality of life back and to watch my daughter grow up. With my husband's support, I decided to follow through with the total knee replacement surgery and it was a great success.

Dr. Emblom made me feel so at ease through the whole process. I had great trust in him and knew from the beginning I was in good hands. I cannot thank him enough.

My experience with Dr. Emblom and Andrews Sports Medicine was perfect. Dr. Emblom never rushed our appointments and took personal interest in me as a patient. The facility was organized and Alexis, Dr. Emblom’s clinical and surgical coordinator, was very involved with me after the procedure. She always took care of me and answered all the questions I had. It was so comforting to have them both with me through the whole process. I would refer Dr. Emblom to anyone!

I am still in physical therapy, but am now able to walk without limping or pain. It used to be a chore for me to walk up and down the stairs, but the other day I was able to go up to my daughter’s room, pick her up and hold her. I can go to work now and have no problems. I am able to do things around the house, be active at church, and spend quality time with daughter and husband like I love to do.

I have never regretted my surgery. Dr. Emblom was so great and really is a kind doctor. I never felt like I was just another patient. He truly cared for me.

Alexis once told me that she treats patients the same way she would treat her parents. That always stuck with me. I’m so happy with my experience at Andrews Sports Medicine and think the world of Dr. Emblom and his staff.

Norman Bonds - Total Knee Replacement (Guntersville, AL)

Norman Bonds - The ComebackTotal Knee Replacement

I've been suffering with knee issues since high school days (1980's). After 3 year of college football, over 15 years of softball, working everyday on concrete and coaching youth sports for over 28 years, my left knee was worn out.

My first experience at Andrews Sports Medicine included walking into the center and only waiting 5 minutes before being attended to w/ X-rays. The initial consulting doctor, Dr. Ricardo Colberg, gave me the feeling I was at the right place.

I had done a lot of research on knee replacements and was very impressed with the new Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted surgeries.

After reading Dr. Jeffrey Davis' biography I felt connected to him, he had played college football and was very convicted in his Christian beliefs.

I'm currently 5 weeks out of surgery and everything is great. I have no walking pain for the first time in over 5 years. I'm slowly regaining my strength and my LIFE back. I will be returning w/in 2 years to have my right knee replaced as well.

I could not have asked for better a experience than I have received at Andrews Sports Medicine!!

Debbie Ramseur - Total Knee Replacement (Vestavia Hills, AL)

Debbie Ramseur - Comeback StoryTotal Knee Replacement

On February 21, 2018, Dr. Jeffrey Davis and his team performed my total knee replacement using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted System. The surgery was a total success!

The whole process I had with Dr. Davis, his staff and everyone at Andrews Sports Medicine was WONDERFUL! Every step of the way, from pre-surgery testing, St. Vincent's Joint Camp (where I learned everything about the surgery, what my hospital stay would be like, and what to expect and do when I got home ), to hospital care could not have been better. They even helped schedule home health care and called me at home to check on my progress!

The pain I experienced was minimal, not near as much as I expected, and after 7 weeks of recovery and physical therapy I was totally released and went back to my job of painting houses!

I would like to thank Dr. Davis, his P.A. Katie Beckham, and the entire staff at Andrews Sports Medicine for such a successful surgery and experience.

Doctors who utilize MAKO technology
Jeffrey C. Davis, MD

Jeffrey C. Davis, MDDr. Jeffrey C. Davis is one of the first surgeons in Birmingham to utilize Stryker's Mako System, utilizing highly-advanced robotic-arm assisted technology, to personalize total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement procedures to each patient.

Dr. Davis is the only surgeon in Birmingham performing anterior total hip replacement with robotic assistance. He has performed total knee arthroplasty, partial (medial) knee arthroplasty, patellofemoral arthroplasty and both anterior and posterior hip arthroplasty with robotic assistance. Dr. Davis has done well over 100 surgical cases utilizing Mako's robotic-arm assisted technology.


Benton A. Emblom, MD

Benton A. Emblom, MDBenton A. Emblom, MD specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. He has subspecialty expertise in hip preservation surgery and hip reconstruction.

Robotics have enabled Dr. Emblom to accurately and precisely restore hip mechanics in the setting of hip reconstruction (total hip replacement).  He utilizes the direct anterior (DA) approach preserving muscle and tendon, allowing quicker recovery, and eliminating long-term movement and activity precautions.  The Mako robotic-assisted platform creates a mini-GPS environment within the operating room. This 3-D mapping and positioning technology ensures unmatched accuracy relative to component sizing and positioning. Patient’s leg length and muscle tensioning can be accurately restored maximizing pain relief and function.


B. Wayne McGough, Jr., MD

B. Wayne McGough, MDB. Wayne McGough, Jr., MD treats all types of orthopaedic sports injuries, including injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee. His research interests include tendon and ligament biomechanics, preventing venous thromboembolism in orthopaedics and meniscal repairs.

A native of nearby Mt. Olive, AL and graduate of Gardendale High School, Dr. McGough graduated from the University of Alabama in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. He continued his education at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, graduating in 2005. He went on to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Following his orthopaedic training, Dr. McGough accepted a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama. He then joined Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in 2011.

Dr. McGough is one of the first surgeons in Birmingham to utilize Stryker's Mako System, a highly-advanced robotic-arm assisted technology, to personalize partial knee and total knee replacement procedures to each patient.


K. David Moore, MD

K. David Moore, MDK. David Moore, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in total hip and knee replacements.

Prior to joining Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in June of 2016, Dr. Moore was Director of the Center for Joint Replacement at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2001, after serving as Chief of Adult Reconstruction for the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Moore was the first surgeon in Birmingham to utilize Stryker's Mako System, utilizing highly-advanced robotic-arm assisted technology, to personalize total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement procedures to each patient. He has done more robot-assisted surgeries than anyone in Alabama. He is an investigator on a study with institutions around the nation evaluating the long-term results of robot-assisted total knee replacement.