Knee pain makes everyday activities a struggle. Find relief with the help of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Methodist Hospital Texsan in Balcones Heights, Texas. Our highly experienced team uses advanced technology, like robotic surgery, for safe and efficient knee replacement surgery.
Our patients recover and regain mobility through our specialized inpatient therapy program, The Joint Academy, so you can return to your routine as soon as possible.
To learn more about knee replacement surgery at Methodist Hospital Texsan, please call (210) 736-6700.
Accredited orthopedic care
Methodist Hospital Texsan's orthopedic program is accredited by the highest accrediting body in healthcare, The Joint Commission. We have earned the Gold Seal of Approval®, the gold standard of quality in healthcare, for safe, efficient orthopedic care.
Knee replacement surgery
Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, repairs damage to the knee that causes limited mobility or pain. The knee joint is where the femur (thigh), patella (kneecap) and tibia (shin) bones meet and are held together by ligaments. Cartilage cushions all the bones in the knee. Damage sustained to any part of the knee may require treatment in the form of a total or partial knee replacement.
A total knee replacement surgery replaces all the compartments of the knee with prosthetic implants, whereas a partial knee replacement only replaces the damaged areas. In both procedures, an orthopedic surgeon will resurface the bones that grind against each other due to a lack of cartilage. After the damaged portions of the knee are removed, a specially designed prosthesis made of metal is added over the resurfaced bone. Plastic dividers are then placed in the reconstructed joint to act as a cushion and minimize friction from the metal.
Causes of knee damage
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
Advanced technology for knee surgery
Methodist Hospital Texsan offers total knee replacements with the Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. At Methodist Healthcare, we use specialized robotic surgery to help 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.
The Joint Replacement Academy
Within Methodist Hospital Texsan, we have created a special area just for the care of our joint replacement patients. The Joint Replacement Academy 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 a dedicated Joint Replacement Academy wing 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.
Visiting our orthopedic surgeons
All guests must check in at the lobby reception desk through the hospital lobby entrance. Reception desk staff will direct you to your appointment location or toward the surgical unit on the first floor.
Free parking is available in our lot. Any preoperative care is discussed with your primary care physician or specialist before surgery, and postoperative care instructions are provided by the attending surgical team following your procedure.