Going to a basketball game, taking your grandchildren to the museum or even just going for a walk used to be easy, but now your hip pain is holding you back. If you live with knee pain or have experienced an injury, our multidisciplinary team of orthopedic specialists at The Joint Replacement Center at Methodist Hospital Texsan can help.
Are you ready to live pain free? Call our team today to get your journey started. Our specialists are ready at (210) 575-0355.
Candidates for knee replacement surgery
Discuss with your doctor if you might be a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. Conservative methods like physical therapy, weight loss, steroid injections, walking aids and medication may improve pain and mobility.
Some conditions and injuries often resolved with knee replacement surgery are:
- Traumatic injuries — Blunt force to the knee from a fall, accident or sports-related injury
- Osteoarthritis (OA) — A degenerative bone disease that wears down the cartilage in the knee that cushions the bones and keeps them from rubbing together
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — An autoimmune disease that causes swelling in the joints, creating stiffness, pain and loss of function
- Post-traumatic arthritis — A form of osteoarthritis that follows injuries sustained to the knee
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Why choose Methodist Hospital Texsan for joint care
We provide specialized orthopedic knee care with advanced technology, including robotics. Our program allows for minimally invasive treatment options and focused rehabilitation, which can lead to shorter hospital stays, getting you back to your routine faster. We pride ourselves on providing clear and compassionate communication with each patient to ensure your recovery process is smooth and safe.
- Excellent joint replacement outcomes: Over 95% of our patients walk within 4 hours of their surgery. We’re proud that 93% of our patients would recommend this program to a loved one and 96% of our patients feel that they’ve had meaningful interactions with our Orthopedic Physician team
- Orthopedic Program Manager: An orthopedic registered nurse is dedicated to providing preoperative education and assistance every step of the way. This helps ensure you have the best possible outcome.
- Facilities dedicated to joint replacement care. Our state-of-the-art operating suites and an entire hospital wing dedicated to our joint replacement patients. This includes private patient rooms and a physical therapy gym with a practice staircase to help establish confidence in your new joint before you go home.
Advanced treatment options
Methodist Hospital Texsan offers total knee replacements with the Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. At Methodist Healthcare, we use specialized robotic surgery that offers a less invasive treatment and assists surgeons more precisely size, position and align implants for each patient.
Using a 3D model of patients' joints created by a computed tomography (CT) scan, our orthopedic surgeons plan the optimal size and position of the implants. With robotic-assisted surgery, recovery is shorter and active adults can return to their physical lifestyles sooner.
Specialized programs for knee replacement
The Joint Replacement Center
Within Methodist Hospital Texsan, we have created a special area just for the care of our joint replacement patients. The Joint Replacement Center is a dedicated inpatient center for elective total joint replacement surgery. This program offers the latest, most advanced treatment options for knee pain.
Postoperative patients are placed in our dedicated Joint Replacement Center with nurses and therapists trained in orthopedic care. Daily physician visits are aimed at keeping your recovery on track and providing patients and families a chance to ask questions regarding progress. Our teams work together to provide seamless and coordinated care to get patients to their optimal health as soon as possible.
About knee replacement surgery
When noninvasive and conservative treatments have failed to alleviate knee pain, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty. Knee replacement surgery can be either a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement. Your Orthopedic surgeon will determine which procedure is appropriate for you.
- Preparing for your knee replacement surgery is a key factor of your success. We encourage you to understand what your procedure is, participate in pre and post surgery physical therapy to minimize your recovery time.
- In addition, we offer special education for each knee replacement patient that outlines everything you should expect both before and after your surgery. It is important for you to understand pain management and therapy expectations prior to your surgery to help ensure a safe and quick recovery.
- The majority of your preoperative preparation is discussed before surgery with your orthopedic care team.
For your safety, there are certain health requirements that a patient must meet before surgery can be performed. Occasionally, weight can be an issue for some patients. Methodist Healthcare offers several options to lose weight prior to your surgery. Depending on how much weight you may need to lose, medical weight loss programs or bariatric surgery may be appropriate. Weight loss prior to joint replacement surgery can greatly reduce both in-hospital and postoperative complications.
- After your surgery, it is expected that you’ll be sore and tired. To get you back on your feet quicker, our specially trained team of nurses and therapists will work with you in both individual and group settings for physical and occupational therapy as needed.
- Our goal is to have you up and walking on the day of your surgery. Slow and steady movement is key after your surgery in reaching your goals.
- Managing your pain level is also an important part of your recovery. We will do everything we can to manage your pain while you stay with us; and, before you are discharged home, our team will evaluate your current pain levels to ensure a safe pain management plan is place for your home recovery.
Sometimes, a surgical procedure may require additional therapy or rehabilitation services. If additional inpatient therapy or rehabilitation is needed, Methodist Hospital Texsan is home to one of San Antonio’s most comprehensive and comfortable inpatient rehabilitation centers.
Award winning orthopedic care
Methodist Hospital Texsan is proud to provide the Balcones Heights and surrounding community experienced, award winning orthopedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our program has received the following recognitions:
- The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification of Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery
- The 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award
Our orthopedic surgical unit is located on the third floor of the hospital. Free parking is available for patients and visitors in the surface lot located just in front of the. We ask that all guests check in at the admissions desk through the hospital lobby entrance. Our admissions desk staff will direct you to your final destination.