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Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute

For a life uninterrupted

Joint pain hurts the most when it keeps you from enjoying simple things like walking, pedaling a bike and spending valuable time with your family. Ultimately, it's your quality of life that is the determining factor to having joint replacement surgery. If your joint pain has affected your ability to enjoy life at its fullest, then it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery.

The dedicated joint replacement surgeons of the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee proudly perform more than twice as many joint related procedures than all other hospitals in the market. Our orthopedic specialists have the experience and expertise to treat your joint pain. Each year our surgeons perform thousands of joint procedures, employing the latest advancements in surgical techniques and technologies to ensure patients return to normal activity as quickly as possible.

For treatment options and appointments

In Murfreesboro
CALL (615) 396-5237

Everywhere else
CALL (844) 862-2111

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Center at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

In The News

Saint Thomas Health Joint Replacement Center and Turner Construction were given the Award of Excellence in Renovation Project $16-18 Million by the AGC Build Tennessee Awards. Read more.

What's the latest with joint replacement surgery? The Tennessean speaks with Dr. Matthew Barrett.

Saint Thomas West Recognized as Hospital with Top 100 Orthopedic Program

Watch the Joint Replacement Television Special

A New Beginning

Total joint replacement surgeries in Middle Tennessee have increased by 23 percent during the last five years, and projections indicate that they will continue to increase another 18 percent over during the five years. To meet this need, our $25 million investment on the Saint Thomas Midtown campus now houses the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute, the premier joint replacement program in Middle Tennessee.

Saint Thomas Health has been working with a number of joint replacement and orthopedic providers in developing the Institute model for an enhanced joint replacement experience.

Our joint replacement program is the largest in the region and is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Through this Institute, we will maintain our leadership in hip replacement, knee replacement and shoulder replacement.

Same Day Discharge

Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, some joint replacement patients can now have their joint replacement surgery and go home on the same day. Same-day Discharge, or Fast Track program, means that patients experience their joint replacement surgery early in the morning, have an accelerated physical therapy session a couple hours after surgery and then can go home later that afternoon if they meet certain safety and mobility criteria. Same-day Discharge for joint replacement patients is an option for many healthy patients but only occurs if the patient, the family and the surgeon feel it is appropriate. Patients can always change their mind after surgery and stay in the hospital if needed. Speak with your Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute surgeon if you are interested in the Same-day Discharge program.

Physical Therapy for Joint Replacement

As a Saint Thomas Health joint replacement patient, you will begin physical therapy soon after surgery. Physical therapists work with each patient individually in their room, and once you are mobile, we provide group physical therapy in the in-house gym.

Once a patient is discharged from inpatient rehabilitation, the Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation clinics are ready to pick up where the inpatient therapist left off. Outpatient clinics are conveniently located throughout the Middle Tennessee region and staffed by physical, occupational and speech therapists. Each center provides the staff and tools needed to ensure a full recovery from any joint replacement. For more information, call (615) 284-PT4U (7848).



Peter Fechheimer had one goal in mind. The 75-year-old swimmer from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee wanted to be able to compete in the Senior Olympics in six weeks. His physician, Dr. Philip Karpos, told him it was possible, if he was willing to put in the time for rehabilitation. Read more of Peter's story at nothingshallbeimpossible.com


Bob Pratico is a ballroom dancer, and letting hip pain keep him off the dance floor was not an option. Traditional pain medicine wasn't working, so Bob turned to Dr. Kurtz at Saint Thomas for a total hip replacement. Now he's back practicing for a world championship! Read more of Bob's story at nothingshallbeimpossible.com


Willie Buchanan of Shelbyville, Tennessee was a star basketball player coming out of high school in the late 1960’s. When he decided to go see the doctor about a painful bump in his knee, the diagnosis was grim. Willie grabbed life by the horns and pursued his dream anyway. Read more of Willie's story at nothingshallbeimpossible.com


37-year-old martial artist Paul Caruthers' doctor told him he had the hip joints of a 70-year-old man. Paul wasn't ready to kick his passion so he got a double hip replacement. Read more of Paul's story at nothingshallbeimpossible.com


Once a world-ranked tennis player and SEC champion from Vanderbilt, Charles Batt could hardly take two steps without wincing in pain. Severe arthritis in both knees made life miserable until he decided to take a bold step and have a bilateral knee replacement at Saint Thomas Health. Read more at nothingshallbeimpossible.com


The power of pain often seems impossible to overcome. Ronnie Haislip is a fit and healthy 58-year-old man whose knee pain has suddenly threatened his active lifestyle. Follow his story as he walks through the questions, challenges, and hope of joint replacement surgery. Read more at nothingshallbeimpossible.com