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

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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.

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 Peter Fechheimer
Peter Fechheimer Goes for the GoldPeter 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
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: nothingshallbeimpossible.com

 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: nothingshallbeimpossible.com

 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: nothingshallbeimpossible.com

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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.

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

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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.

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, 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.

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.

Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic

The Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic (POMC) is the next step, after the surgeon visit, to providing a comprehensive experience for the joint replacement patient. The POMC is located on the first floor of the Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery:

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

 The POMC visit focuses are:
  • Medical evaluation
    • Complete health history
    • Lab work
    • EKG
    • Anesthesia evaluation
  • Education
  • Surgical clearance

The Clinic is staffed with Internists, Nursing personnel, and Nurse Navigators/Educators. The patient is introduced to the Saint Thomas Health system and processes via a personal connection beginning with the nurse navigators. They navigators will become the patients’ guide, available via phone, email or in person. Some of the clinic staff are even cross trained to the inpatient side as well so that the patient will continue to feel supported and cared for by a familiar team member.
Upon completion of their POMC visit, the patient will should feel confident and at ease about their surgical experience.

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).

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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