Top orthopaedic surgeons and their patients set to talk joint replacements

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — It’s not often that you get actual face-time with a surgeon free of charge, so bring a friend and come with questions to hear the top orthopaedic surgeons with Vanderbilt Bone & Joint Clinic in Franklin speak about the ins and outs of hip and knee replacements on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Williamson Medical Center. The event will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by an informative program and Q & A from 6 to 7 p.m. The surgeons will talk about the latest advancements in hip and knee replacement technology and therapies as well as give an overview of the process of getting a new joint and life after surgery.

Surgeons who will be on-hand include Cory Calendine, M.D., Colin Looney, M.D., Brian Perkinson, M.D., Christopher Stark, M.D., and Paul Thomas, M.D. All of these surgeons are utilizing Williamson Medical Center’s MAKO RIO® robotic technology. The robot will be on display at the event and the surgeons will explain how it improves accuracy, why it works and how it helps.

“This piece of equipment allows a surgeon to perform joint replacement precisely, every time,” said Cory Calendine, M.D. “This level of precision can not be duplicated without robotic assistance. We have moved from millimeter precision to sub-millimeter precision and the MAKO robot allows us to get the joint aligned perfectly, every time. And, every surgeon wants every case to be perfect.”

But don’t just take his word for it. In addition to the surgeons, a handful of former patients who have had hips or knees replaced at Williamson Medical Center, will be on hand to talk about their experience as well as answer any questions about the process, the surgery and the recovery.

“I just returned home from Williamson Medical Center following partial knee replacement on my other knee,” said former patient Ben Watson, who now has had partial knee replacements on both knees. “Once again, Williamson Medical proved to offer the finest patient care to be found anywhere. Dr. Perkinson and MAKO came through big time.”

This event, which is part of WMC’s HealthyU Education series, is free and open to the public, but will fill up, so please RSVP to hold your spot by calling 615-435-6780 or emailing




Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 750 physicians represent more than 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center offers patients a level of expertise and sophistication one expects to find at larger facilities, but with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. In 2015, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened on our campus, adding dedicated pediatric emergent and inpatient care to our offerings. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are now able to provide focused, specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit

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