Knee Replacement

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Saint Thomas Midtown and West
615.284.BONE (2663)

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615.396.5237



 Willie Buchanan
Paul Caruthers, Martial Aritst with and Double Hip ReplacementWillie Buchanan of Shelbyville, Tennessee was a star basketball player coming out of high school in the late 1960’s. But, 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


Arthritis or injury can cause severe knee damage leading to pain that can make it hard to perform simple daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Knee replacement surgery can help relieve pain and allow you to be more active.

Over the years, knee replacement designs have evolved to increase the range of motion and accommodate younger, more active adults. Today’s joints closely mimic normal knee motion.

An orthopedic surgeon may recommend a total knee replacement or partial knee replacement. During a total knee replacement, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint and replaces it with a man-made surface, such as metal or plastic, to provide a smooth and painless range of motion. In a partial knee replacement, also known as a uni-compartmental knee replacement, only one side of the knee joint is replaced.

Saint Thomas Health has a long tradition in knee replacement surgery. Dr. Ben Fowler, an orthopedic surgeon at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, was a pioneer in total joint replacement surgery and in 1971 developed the “Fowler knee,” which was used for approximately 20 years. Today surgeons at Saint Thomas Health continue to be involved in new technology and protocols for knee replacement.

To better understand surgical treatment options for the knee, call 615.284.BONE (2663).

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