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Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute

Suffering From Knee, Hip or Shoulder Pain?

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 like knee, hip or shoulder replacements 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.

Surgery Locations

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236

Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
1700 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery
2011 Murphy Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

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. Through this Institute, we will maintain our leadership in hip replacement, knee replacement and shoulder replacement with:

Accelerated Physical Therapy

Same Day Discharge

Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics throughout the Middle Tennessee

Call (615) 284-PT4U (7848) to find an Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic near you.



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