Joint Replacement

Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute FOR TREATMENT OPTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS,
CALL (615) 284-BONE (2663)

For a life uninterrupted

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Joint pain hurts the most when it keeps you from enjoying simple things. Attend a free seminar and learn about the anatomy, common causes of joint pain and the latest treatment options available from our Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute experts.
RSVP LINE: (615) 284-CALL (2255)

Jan 13, 2015 (Tuesday), 6:00 pm
Speaker: C. Rob Dyer, MD, Joint Replacement Surgeon
(Formerly Baptist Sports Medicine)
491 Sage Rd, Suite 100
White House, TN 37188
Feb 10, 2015 (Tuesday), 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. W. Blake Garside, Joint Replacement Surgeon
7640 Hwy 70 South, Suite 104
Nashville, TN 37221
Feb 26, 2015 (Thursday), 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Philip Karpos, Joint Replacement Surgeon
3534 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 101
Antioch, TN 37013

Mar 10, 2015 (Tuesday), 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Stuart Smith , Joint Replacement Surgeon
101 International Dr., Suite 102
Franklin, TN 37067
Apr 21, 2015 (Tuesday), 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Thomas E. Tompkins, Joint Replacement Surgeon
(formerly Baptist Sports Medicine)
6005 Nolensville Pike
Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37211
Light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited. 
Call 615.284.RSVP (2255) to secure your reservation.
 Bob Pratico
Bob PraticoBob 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:

 Willie Buchanan
Willie BuchananWillie 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:

 Paul Caruthers
Paul Caruthers, Martial Aritst with and Double Hip Replacement37-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:

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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 urgery. If your joint pain has affected your ability to enjoy life at its fullest, then it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery.

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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 more information regarding joint replacement services available through Saint Thomas Health and to schedule an appointment for a joint pain evaluation in Nashville, please call 615.284.BONE (2663). If you are in Murfreesboro, please call (615) 396-5237.

The Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute… for a life uninterrupted.


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 will house 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, notably Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance (TOA) and Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Care in developing the Institute model for an enhanced joint replacement experience. TOA is the region’s largest orthopedic practice with more than 50 surgeons across Middle Tennessee and presence on the three major campuses of Saint Thomas Health.

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.

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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).

To speak with a joint pain specialist and to schedule a patient appointment, please call 615.284.BONE (2663). In Murfreesboro, please call (615) 396-5237.

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