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Hand and Upper Extremity

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we offer comprehensive hand and upper extremity care for the full range of conditions that affect your hands, wrists and elbows.

Our team of orthopaedic hand specialists provide advanced approaches to care ranging from nonsurgical treatments to complex surgeries — with excellent outcomes. We focus solely on restoring function to your hands, wrists or elbows, so you can get back to your normal routine. 

Hand and Upper Extremity: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • A highly skilled, experienced team. Our team of board-certified hand surgeons perform more than 2,000 surgeries each year. We are the only specialists in the state who are trained to perform nerve reconstruction for complex brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries.
  • Patient-centered care. We collaborate with our certified hand and occupational therapists to develop a personalized care plan to meet your unique needs.
  • Emergency care. As part of the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Middle Tennessee, we are the only on-call hand surgeons in the region who offer emergency hand care, including replantation of injured digits and hands.
  • Expert second opinions. Our team provides second opinions to help you make educated and confident decisions about your care. We take your medical history, diagnostic tests, treatments and personal preferences into account to provide you with an informed opinion.
  • Trusted by professional and college athletes. We are the official healthcare provider for the Nashville Predators, the Nashville Sounds, Nashville Soccer Club, Vanderbilt athletics and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. You can expect to receive the same level of care we provide to our professional and collegiate athletes.

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  • Convenient locations. Our team offers care at several locations in Middle Tennessee, where you’ll find the same level of high-quality care at each location. And because injuries sometimes happen when you least expect it, you can walk in to Vanderbilt Orthopaedics After-Hours Clinic without an appointment for prompt and urgent care.
  • Advanced research and treatments. Vanderbilt is a national leader in orthopedic hand and upper extremity research. Our research into new and better hand treatments has been featured in the top orthopedic medical journals, and our doctors serve in local and national organizations devoted to advancing hand care. Our dedication to research gives you access to proven treatment options before they are widely available.

Conditions We Treat

Our hand specialists are trained to care for a wide range of problems that affect the hand, wrist and elbow, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital deformities
  • DeQuervain’s tendonitis
  • Dupuytren's contractures
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Nerve injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Work-related injuries

Tests and Treatments We Offer

At Vanderbilt, we offer a full range of diagnostic tests and treatment choices for hand, wrist and elbow conditions, including:

  • Braces
  • Brachial plexus reconstruction
  • Casts
  • Elbow reconstruction
  • Hand reconstruction
  • Injections
  • Nerve reconstruction
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Microvascular surgery and replantation
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Tendon transfer surgery
  • Thumb ligament reconstruction
  • Wrist reconstruction
  • Wrist arthroscopy


Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute
Medical Center East, South Tower
1215 21st Ave. S., Suite 4200
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-7846
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Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Franklin
206 Bedford Way
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 790-3290
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The Vanderbilt Orthopaedics After-Hours Clinic offers walk-in care Monday-Saturday for injuries or conditions that require immediate attention. Walk-in care is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays.

Vanderbilt Surgery Center

This clinic is an outpatient department of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

225 Bedford Way
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 599-3883
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Hand and Upper Extremity Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To schedule a patient for an appointment with one of our doctors, call (615) 936-7846.

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