Expert joint care to help you move better
You rely on all of your joints every day, but due to overuse or other injuries, poor mechanics or arthritis, you may start to experience knee pain or hip problems.
Some relief for knee, hip or other joint pain may be experienced through medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen, found in Advil or Motrin, or naproxen, found in Aleve, may provide some hip pain relief or knee pain relief. Use only the recommended dose for NSAIDs and for short durations to avoid stomach upset and potential intestinal ulcers. If joint pain is persistent, physical therapy may be needed. Rehabilitation is helpful in correcting poor mechanics and strengthening weak areas to better support joint health.
However, if knee pain, hip pain or other joint problems have started interfering with your daily activities, we recommend making an appointment with an orthopedic joint wellness expert to learn about your orthopedic treatment options.
Common procedures offered by Baylor Scott & White Health orthopedic specialists
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Total hip replacement surgery
- Partial hip replacement surgery
- Hip arthroscopy
- Shoulder joint replacement
- Shoulder arthroscopy
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Advanced joint replacement options
With advances in orthopedic technology and surgical procedures, you have more options for joint replacement. Several specialized orthopedic procedures help reduce hip replacement recovery time and knee replacement surgery recovery time.
Anterior hip replacement
For many people suffering from hip arthritis or other sources of hip pain, stiffness and/or limited hip movement, the only option for hip pain relief is hip replacement surgery from an orthopedic surgeon. However, many Baylor Scott & White facilities offer anterior hip replacement—a proven, minimally invasive technique that usually minimizes hip pain and the time for total hip replacement recovery.
Anterior hip replacement offers many potential benefits:
- Anterior hip replacement allows the total joint surgeon to access the hip joint from the front rather than having to cut and then re-attach muscles around the hip as in the conventional hip replacement approach.
- In the anterior approach to hip replacement, an orthopedic surgeon reaches the hip by working through natural openings between muscles. By not having to cut the muscles, there is usually decreased pain and hip replacement recovery.
- With a conventional approach to hip replacement, typically there are strict precautions for hip movement, which can slow down recovery. With the anterior approach, patients are allowed to bend their hip freely post-operatively and can bear full weight as soon as comfortable. This usually results in a more rapid return to normal function following hip surgery.
Robot-assisted total hip and knee replacement
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie offer robotic-assisted hip and knee procedures. When it comes to hip replacement surgery, the robotic arm is designed for patients with a degenerative hip joint disease caused by osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis or hip dysplasia. It uses real-time imaging information and images of your hip to help provide accurate implant placement.
Robotic total hip replacement surgery benefits may include:
- Reduced likelihood of hip dislocation
- More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift
- Decreased risk of the implant and bone abnormally rubbing together, potentially improving the lifetime of the implant
A top cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis, and the most common surgical knee intervention performed for osteoarthritis is a total knee replacement. During this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon removes the natural joint and replaces it with an artificial implant. This orthopedic treatment option is usually offered to patients with advanced osteoarthritis for knee pain relief or elimination.
Robotic Total Knee Replacement may provide the following benefits:
- Helps create a personalized surgical plan
- Helps ensure proper preparation of the bone
- Allows for more precise placement of the knee implant
- Produces minimal blood loss and a smaller scar
- Helps preserve healthy bone and soft tissue
- Results in less post-operative knee pain than manual techniques
- Provides a quicker recovery from knee replacement surgery and a shorter hospital stay
Total knee replacement is not always optimal for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in just one or two compartments of the knee. For patients with partial osteoarthritis of the knee, an orthopedic specialist may determine that partial knee resurfacing is the more appropriate solution.
Robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing
Partial resurfacing is an innovative knee pain treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon resurfaces the diseased portion of the knee, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue. The surgeon then secures the knee implant in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Robotic resurfacing for knee pain treatment may allow for:
- Ideal implant positioning that results in a more natural-feeling knee following knee surgery
- Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
- Less scarring/smaller incision
- The knee surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis
- More rapid knee pain relief and return to daily activities
One-day joint replacement discharge
One-day joint replacement discharge is available for eligible patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery. This innovative approach means patients are discharged home within 24 hours after their replacement surgery.
Thanks to advances in anesthesia during hip or knee replacement, patients generally wake up sooner after their joint procedure and without previous side effects, like nausea. This allows rehabilitation to begin within hours after surgery and enables a patient to be discharged within 24 hours after their joint surgery.
Who qualifies for one-day joint replacement discharge?
Many patients qualify to return home 24 hours after their hip replacement or knee replacement, including those who:
- Are overall in good health
- Have a healthy body mass
- Have a support person to help at home
- Take a pre-operative training class and review educational materials
- Have discussed one-day joint replacement discharge with their orthopedic surgeon
If at any point for any reason a patient who meets the criteria for one-day joint replacement discharge is not ready to go home the day after his or her surgery, the patient will remain in the hospital until he or she is ready to be safely discharged home.
Knee replacement surgery risks or complications
Depending on the type of procedure, a patient could experience side effects from anesthesia. Some of the most common effects could include dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness and a sore throat.
Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss your personal risks, controllable risk factors and prevention techniques with you prior to knee replacement surgery.
Knee surgery risks impact a small percent of patients but can include:
- Blood clot formation
- Wound issues
- Nerve damage
- Implant problems, including loosening
Hip replacement surgery risks or complications
Similar to knee replacement complications, hip replacement surgery risks are experienced by a small percent of patients, but they can include blood clots, infection, nerve damage and potential implant loosening.
Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss your personal risks, controllable risk factors and prevention techniques with you prior to hip replacement surgery.
Additional hip surgery risks may involve:
- Change in leg length
Complex joint revision and musculoskeletal tumor services offered at our Dallas, Plano and Temple hospitals
These complex orthopedic services offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disease, including bone and soft tissue cancer, complex joint reconstruction and joint revision surgery caused by many conditions, including infection, improper implant alignment, implant loosening and more.
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Advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement
Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.