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Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Douglas Freels FAAOS, joins Hardin Medical Center

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

SAVANNAH, TN—January 23, 2023 – Hardin Medical Center (HMC) and Tennessee River Physician Services announce orthopedic surgeon Dr. Douglas Freels has joined HMC. Dr. Freels has over 25 years of experience and is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (FAAOS). Appointments are now being accepted at Tennessee River Orthopedics, located at 80 Enoch Boulevard, Suite B in Savannah, behind Walgreens, by calling 731-926-9609 or faxing to 731-926-9606. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8

Dr. Douglas Freels, Orthopedic Surgeon

am until 4:30 pm.


Dr. Freels attended the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. His undergraduate degree is from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He completed residencies in orthopedic surgery at the Tampa General Hospital Orthopedic Program in Tampa, Florida, and Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has also completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery/joint replacement at the prestigious Florida Orthopedic Institute and Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Freels has been a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Society.


Hardin Medical Center CEO Jim Edmondson said, “Hardin Medical Center, Hardin County citizens, and the region are blessed to have Dr. Freels within our community and now have daily access to a highly trained orthopedic physician. Additionally, Dr. Freels will be on call for orthopedic emergencies exclusively through the HMC Emergency Department and the HMC Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic.


Dr. Freels offers three approaches for patients needing hip replacement surgery, including the popular anterior surgical approach. The anterior surgical approach provides several advantages over previous surgical methods, including less pain during recovery and quicker rehabilitation following surgery. For patients needing total knee replacement surgery, Dr. Freels also offers custom knee replacements for appropriate patients using the Conformis Replacement System. Dr. Freels is a proponent of continuing education for the latest techniques and technology that allow him to stay at the top of his field to offer better care for his patients. Dr. Freels also provides general orthopedic care, including operative and non-operative fracture care, arthroscopic procedures to include shoulders and knees, carpal tunnel surgery and simple hand surgery, and treatment of workers’ comp injuries.


Dr. Freels and his wife, Vicki, will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary this year and look forward to developing close friendships in the Savannah area. Dr. Freels was born and raised in East Tennessee. They have three adult children and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. In his spare time, Dr. Freels enjoys fishing, hunting, tennis, and hopes to learn the game of pickleball. Dr. Freels has also previously been on mission trips serving the local population and teaching orthopedic residents in Leon, Nicaragua, as well as a mission trip with One World Surgery serving patients in Jalaca, Honduras at the Holy Family Surgery Center.


Edmondson added, “Dr. Freels has an impressive career as an outstanding orthopedic surgeon, and we are fortunate to have him at Hardin Medical Center. He is now accepting appointments at his clinic, Tennessee River Orthopedics, located at 80 Enoch Blvd., Suite B, directly behind Walgreens and adjacent to HMC Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic.”


Hardin Medical Center (HMC) serves its communities with safe, quality, compassionate healthcare. Since 1952, HMC has been the preferred choice for employees to work, physicians to practice, and patients to receive care in our region. Tennessee River Physician Services, a subsidiary of Hardin Medical Center, provides inpatient and outpatient physician services and healthcare. You can learn more about HMC by visiting HardinMedicalCenter.org, connecting through the major social media platforms, or by calling 731-926-8000.

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