Orthopedic surgeons in San Antonio, Texas
If you are among the millions of people in South Texas who have pain in the back, neck, knee or hip, or if you've experienced an injury, our multidisciplinary team of orthopedic specialists are here for you. We will work with you to eliminate or drastically reduce your pain while providing you with the level of quality care you deserve and can expect from Methodist Healthcare.
For more information about our orthopedic care services or to find a surgeon, please call Methodist Healthcare at (210) 575-0355.
Comprehensive orthopedic and joint care
Our orthopedic specialists provide comprehensive joint care for a variety of conditions, including:
Methodist Healthcare has dedicated rheumatologists who specialize in treating arthritis and joint conditions that affect a patient's quality of life. Arthritis can vary in type, cause and severity. Regardless of what type of arthritis a patient has, our compassionate doctors are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans for all of our patients.
The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects millions of people worldwide. This condition occurs when the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones begins to wear down due to overuse or joint injuries.
Osteoarthritis can happen in almost any joint, but it usually occurs in joints that are weight-bearing, such as the feet, hips, knees and spine. When these natural shock absorbers wear down, the joint loses cushion, which can cause moderate to severe pain when the joint is used.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis typically include:
- Bone spurs
- Joint pain or ache
- Joint stiffness
- Pain walking or exercising
- Loss of flexibility
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks joints, leading to severe joint damage over time. Typically, rheumatoid arthritis first affects smaller joints like fingers or toes. As this disease continues to spread, you may begin to notice wrist pain, knee pain or shoulder pain, and you should consult your doctor if any of these symptoms last for more than a couple weeks.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
- Firm bumps under your skin
- Swollen joints that feel warm
- Stiffness that may last for hours
- Joint pain or tenderness
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of psoriasis that affects the joints. Currently, there is no cure for this disease, but our physicians focus on managing pain and preventing further joint damage. Without medical treatment, psoriatic arthritis may become disabling for some people.
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include:
- Red patches of skin
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
Joint Replacement Academy
The Joint Replacement Academies at Methodist Hospital | Texsan and Methodist Hospital | Northeast are dedicated inpatient centers for elective joint replacement surgeries. The Joint Replacement Academies are home to orthopedic surgeons, technicians, nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists who help knee and hip replacement patients return to their favorite activities as soon as possible.
Family members are encouraged to participate in preoperative education and postoperative care.
Joint replacement surgery
Methodist Healthcare hospitals offer specially designed operating room tables to perform joint replacement surgery that is minimally invasive and tissue-saving, including computer-navigated robotic surgery to guide orthopedic surgeons in real-time through a three-dimensional view of the patient's joints. After surgery, patients typically experience less pain, faster recovery and improved movement.
Our orthopedic spine specialists in San Antonio provide comprehensive spine care. We are dedicated to treating your back pain or spine condition with the least invasive technique possible.
Kyphoplasty is a procedure that can help treat fractured vertebrae. The procedure begins with the doctor inserting a needle through the skin and back muscles, directly into the bone. After a balloon-like device inflates inside the bone to create space, cement is then injected into that space. This stabilizes the vertebra and reduces pain. It also helps to restore the height of the vertebra, which straightens out the spinal curve and hunched-over posture.
After one hour, some patients can start walking again. After 48 hours, many patients report noticeable pain relief and improved mobility. Some may experience soreness where the needle was put into their backs, but that typically lasts for just a few days. Better yet, no stitches are required.
It is important to remember that kyphoplasty is a procedure reserved for patients whose pain is due to vertebral fracture and cannot be used to address pain due to other problems like disc herniation, arthritis or stenosis.
Our rehabilitation centers offer inpatient therapy that helps patients maximize their capabilities after experiencing a stroke, hip fracture, brain injury, amputation or other orthopedic conditions. Our fully equipped rehabilitation gym helps patients return to the most meaningful and productive life possible.