Dr. Watters

Tyler Steven Watters, MD


Meet Dr. Watters – Total Joint Replacement Specialist in NC

Dr. Watters is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon experienced in adult reconstructive joint replacement surgery, focusing on total hip replacement, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and revision surgery. 

Dr. Watters attended Pepperdine University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and graduated with honors. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received numerous awards. Dr. Watters also completed his surgical residency training at Duke University Medical Center. During that time he was very active in clinical research and also served as a resident team physician for the Duke University Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams and North Carolina Central University’s Football team. After residency, Dr. Watters went on to complete an adult reconstruction fellowship at Colorado Joint Replacement, the premier hip and knee replacement center in Denver, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Dr. Watters is skilled in multiple approaches for total hip replacement, including the direct anterior approach, an alternative approach to conventional hip replacement surgery that potentially allows for faster recovery. Dr. Watters also has an interest in complex primary joint replacement for post-traumatic conditions, complex primary hip arthroplasty for congenital conditions and developmental deformities of the hip, and manages periprosthetic fractures and lower extremity fractures. 

Dr. Watters has authored numerous research publications in many of the top journals in orthopedic surgery, including the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and The Bone & Joint Journal, among others. Dr. Watters is a fellow of AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) and AAHKS (American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons).

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Watters, please call (919) 781-5600.

Additional Information about Dr. Watters

Education & Certifications See Full Details
  • Medical School
    • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Residency
    • Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship
    • Colorado Joint Replacement (Hip and Knee Arthroplasty)
  • Board Certification
    • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Watters’ Team See Full Details
  • Medical Assistant — Monike, Tatiana, & Pat
  • Administrative Assistant — Amy
  • Surgery Coordinator — Jenna
    • (919) 863-6934
  • Test Coordinator — Lizzie
    • (919) 863-6841
Advanced Practice Provider – Bailey Jeutter, PA‑C
Professional Organizations See Full Details
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
  • North Carolina Medical Society
Publications and Presentations See Full Details
  • Watters TS, Levy DL, Kim RH, Miner TM, Dennis DA, Jennings JM. Tourniquet application during total knee arthroplasty does not benefit perioperative blood loss or transfusion requirement with the routine use of tranexamic acid. Reconstructive Review. 2016:6(3):43-47.
  • Martin JR, Watters TS, Levy DL, Jennings JM, Boyle JP, Dennis DA. Medial tibial “spackling” to lessen chronic medial tibial soft tissue irritation. Arthroplasty Today. 2016;2(3):111-115.
  • Levy DL, Martin JR, Watters TS, Jennings JM, Miner TM. Primary total knee arthroplasty in a patient with a chronic extensor mechanism deficiency. Arthroplasty Today. 2016;2:2-5.
  • Lachiewicz PF, Watters TS, Jacobs JJ. Metal hypersensitivity and total knee arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016;24(2):106-112.
  • Lachiewicz PF, Watters TS. The jumbo acetabular component for acetabular revision: Curtain calls and caveats. Bone Joint J. 2016;98-B(1Suppl A):64-67.
  • Nickel BT, Ledford CK, Watters TS, Wellman SS, Bolognesi MP. Arthroplasty in organ transplant patients.  Arthroplasty Today. 2015;1:41-44.
  • Lachiewicz PF, Watters TS. Porous metal metaphyseal cones for severe bone loss: when only metal will do. Bone Joint J. 2014;96-B:118-21.
  • Ruch DS, Watters TS, Wartinbee DA, Richard MJ, Leversedge FJ, Mithani SK. Anatomic findings and complications after surgical treatment of chronic, partial distal biceps tendon tears: A case cohort comparison study. J Hand Surg Am. 2014; 39:1572-7.
  • Ledford CK, Watters TS, Wellman SS, Attarian DE, Bolognesi MP. Risk versus reward: Total joint arthroplasty outcomes after various solid organ transplantations. J Arthroplasty. 2014; 29:1548-52.
  • Newman ET, Watters TS, Lewis JS Jr, Jennings JM, Wellman SS, Attarian DE, Grant SA, Green CL, Vail TP, Bolognesi MP. Impact of perioperative allogeneic and autologous blood transfusion on acute wound infection following total knee and total hip arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014;96(4):279-84.
  • Mather RC 3rd, Hug KT, Orlando LA, Watters TS, Koenig L, Nunley RM, Bolognesi MP. Economic evaluation of access to musculoskeletal care: the case of waiting for total knee arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014;15:22.
  • Lark RK, Lewis JS Jr, Watters TS, Fitch RD. Radiographic outcomes of ring external fixation for malunion and nonunion. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2013;22:316-20.
  • Bolognesi MP, Greiner MA, Attarian DE, Watters TS, Curtis LH, Berend KR, Wellman SS, Setoguchi S. Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty among Medicare beneficiaries, 2000-2009. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013;95(22):e174.
  • Watters TS, Garrigues GE, Ring D, Ruch DS. Fixation versus replacement of radial head in terrible triad: Is there a difference in elbow stability and prognosis? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014; 472:2128-35.
  • Bolognesi MP, Watters TS, Attarian DE, Wellman SS, Setoguchi S. Simultaneous vs staged bilateral total knee arthroplasty among Medicare beneficiaries, 2000-2009. J Arthroplasty. 2013;28(8 Suppl):87-91.
  • Ledford CK, Watters TS, Wellman SS, Attarian DE, Bolognesi MP. Outcomes of primary total joint arthroplasty after lung transplantation. J Arthroplasty. 2014;29(1):11-5.
  • Caputo AM, Howard RG, Watters TS, Olson SA, Zura RD, Bolognesi MP. Computer assisted reduction methods for periprosthetic distal femur fracture. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2012;21:102-6.
  • Hug KT, Watters TS, Vail TP, Bolognesi MP. The withdrawn ASRTM THA and hip resurfacing systems: how have our patients fared over 1 to 6 years? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013;471:430-8.
  • Lachiewicz PF, Watters TS. The use of dual-mobility components in total hip arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012;20:481-6.
  • Watters TS, Kaufman AM, Solic JM, Stinnett SS, Olson SA. Combined arthroscopic and mini-open treatment of Cam-type femoroacetabular impingement. Duke Orthop J. 2012;2:60-5.
  • Watters TS, Browne JA, Orlando LA, Wellman SS, Urbaniak JR, Bolognesi MP. Cost-effectiveness analysis of free vascularized fibular grafting for osteonecrosis of the femoral head. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2011;20:158-67.
  • Watters TS, Mather RC 3rd, Browne JA, Berend KR, Lombardi AV, Bolognesi MP. Analysis of procedure-related costs and the proposed benefits of using the patient-specific approach in total knee arthroplasty. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2011;20:112-6.
  • Queen RM, Butler RJ, Watters TS, Kelley SS, Attarian DE, Bolognesi MP. The effect of total hip arthroplasty surgical approach on postoperative gait mechanics. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26:66-71.
  • Hambright DS, Watters TS, Kaufman AM, Lachiewicz PF, Bolognesi MP. Fracture of highly cross-linked all-polyethylene patella after total knee arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2010;23:237-40.
  • Kaufman AM, Watters TS, Henderson RA, Wellman SS, Bolognesi MP. Citrobacter koseri as a cause of early periprosthetic infection after primary total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26:978.e13-6.
  • Brown CA, Watters TS, Mather RC 3rd, Orlando LA, Bolognesi MP, Moorman CT 3rd. Cost-effectiveness analysis of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and high tibial osteotomy for treatment of medial compartmental osteoarthritis. Duke Orthop J. 2011;1:27-37.
  • Watters TS, Cardona DM, Menon KS, Vinson EN, Bolognesi MP, Dodd LG. Aseptic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesion: a clinicopathologic review of an underrecognized cause of prosthetic failure. Am J Clin Pathol. 2010;134:886-93.
  • Queen RM, Watters TS, Abbey AN, Sabesan VJ, Vail TP, Bolognesi MP. Gait symmetry: A comparison of hip resurfacing and jumbo head total hip arthroplasty patients. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26:680-5.
  • Watters TS, Eward WC, Hallows RK, Dodd LG, Wellman SS, Bolognesi MP. Pseudotumor with superimposed periprosthetic infection following metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty: a case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;92:1666-9.
  • Mather RC 3rd, Watters TS, Orlando LA, Bolognesi MP, Moorman CT 3rd. Cost effectiveness analysis of hemiarthroplasty and total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010;19:325-34.
  • Viens NA, Watters TS, Vinson EN, Brigman BE. Case report: Neuropathic arthropathy of the hip as a sequela of undiagnosed tertiary syphilis. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010;468:3126-31.
  • Watters TS, Hallows RK, Campbell P, Covington DB, Vail TP, Bolognesi MP. Lack of radiographic loosening signs in a hip resurfacing that failed by stem fracture. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010;130:835-9.

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