Joint Replacement

Is hip or knee pain keeping you from enjoying life? Vanderbilt Orthopaedics offers world-class care for patients suffering from joint pain and injuries who may require a replacement procedure.

Vanderbilt Orthopaedics has served Middle Tennessee for more than 30 years. Today, we perform joint replacements at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.

Joint Replacement: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Experience. Many hospitals and clinics perform only a limited number of joint replacements each year. Vanderbilt Orthopaedics performs thousands of joint replacements annually.
  • Results. We follow the most rigorous standards for safe, complication-free surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield has named Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence to recognize that we meet the highest standards of patient care.
  • Support. Having the right support before, during and after surgery is critical.  At Vanderbilt Orthopaedics, we create a personalized physical therapy plan to help you recover.
  • Technology. We make use of new technologies such as customized joint sizing and robotically assisted surgeries, which is part of what makes us an advanced joint replacement center.
  • A team approach. If we determine that a joint replacement is right for you, your procedure and recovery will be coordinated by an expert team including orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, occupational and physical therapists, a patient education coordinator, and a social worker. Everyone is dedicated to creating the best results for you.
  •  Expertise. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained, providing the best possible care.

Joint Conditions We Treat

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Injury to the joint

Our Joint Replacement Services

Before Your Joint Replacement

Your care team will discuss details with you, but in general:

  • Exercise. Your doctor will probably recommend physical therapy to strengthen important muscles before your surgery.
  • Insurance. Before your surgery, you will need to speak with your health insurance company to ask if your coverage requires pre-authorization, a referral or a second opinion for your joint replacement.
  • Consultation. You will meet with your surgeon or another team member at least once before your procedure. You may need some tests, including blood tests. You'll also need to attend a class to help you prepare.
  • Preparing your home. You'll need to prepare your home to prevent falls and make it easier for you after returning from the hospital. Most patients need a cane or walker for a few weeks. You may need help from family or friends to prepare your home. Download our guide to hip replacement or knee replacement for details.
  • Finding a caregiver. For a few weeks after your surgery, you will need help in your home and doing outside tasks, including driving. Plan ahead with a family member or friend -- or several, if necessary -- to be sure someone can be with you in the first days and weeks of your recovery. For the first two weeks after surgery, it's best to have someone stay with you overnight.

Download a joint replacement medical history form (PDF)

After Your Joint Replacement

Each patient recovers differently from a joint replacement. Most patients return to their normal activities within six to eight weeks. 

Joint Replacement Locations

Vanderbilt Orthopaedics
(615) 936-7846
Fax: (615) 936-7903

Vanderbilt Bone & Joint, Franklin
Map and Directions
(615) 790-3290
Fax: (615) 794-8845

After Hours Clinic
Monday-Thursday: 5 pm-8 pm

Don't suffer joint pain needlessly. Call us at (615) 936-7846.

Vanderbilt Orthopaedics
(615) 936-7846
Fax: (615) 936-7903


Vanderbilt Bone & Joint, Franklin
Map and Directions
(615) 790-3290
Fax: (615) 794-8845

After Hours Clinic
Monday-Thursday: 5 pm-8 pm