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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 joint pain.

Rehabilitation is helpful in correcting poor mechanics and strengthening weak areas to better support joint health. However, if joint pain has started interfering with your daily activities, we recommend making an appointment with an orthopedic joint wellness expert to learn about your orthopedic treatment options—from the conservative to surgical.

Common procedures offered by Baylor Scott & White Health orthopedic specialists include:

  • Total knee replacement​
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement​
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Hip arthroscopy​
  • Shoulder joint replacement​
  • Shoulder arthroscopy​​​
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Hip and knee pain?

Learn more about various causes of joint pain, diagnosing the source of joint pain, surgical and non-surgical treatment options and more

Advanced joint replacement options

With advances in technology and surgical procedures, you now have even more options for joint replacement. Baylor Scott & White also offers several specialized orthopedic procedures that help lessen recovery time.

  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Robot-assisted total hip and knee replacement
  • Robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing
  • One-day joint replacement discharge

Anterior hip replacement

For many people suffering from arthritis, hip pain, stiffness and/or limited hip movement, the only option for relief is a total hip replacement. However, many Baylor Scott & White facilities offer anterior hip replacement—a proven, minimally invasive technique that usually minimizes pain and the time from surgery to recovery.

Anterior hip replacement offers many potential benefits:

  • It allows the surgeon to get to the hip joint from the front of the hip rather than having to cut and then re-attach muscles around the hip as in the conventional approach.
  • In the anterior approach, 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 healing time.
  • With a conventional approach, 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.

Robot-assisted total hip and knee replacement

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple offers robotic-assisted hip and knee procedures. The robotic arm is designed for patients with 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 accurate implant placement.

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

Robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing

Partial knee resurfacing is an innovative 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 diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient'​s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

Using robotic assistance during resurfacing may allow for:

  • Ideal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Less scarring/smaller incision
  • The procedure to be performed on an outpatient basis​
  • More rapid relief from pain 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 surgery.

Thanks to advances in anesthesia during hip or knee replacement, patients generally wake up sooner after their 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 surgery.

Who qualifies for one-day joint replacement discharge?

Many patients qualify for one-day joint replacement discharge, 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 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.

Complex joint and musculoskeletal tumor services

Offered at our Dallas, Plano and Temple hospitals

These complex services offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disease, including bone and soft tissue cancer, infected joints and joint revision surgery.

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  • Relieving chronic and misdiagnosed hip pain

    Hip preservation specialists on the medical staff can help provide an accurate diagnosis discerning between hip pain and spine pain that impacts the hip. The orthopedic specialists here that provide hip preservation services strive to delay or prevent degenerative disease progression to avoid joint replacement.

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Joint surgery guides

A notebook specific to your orthopedic surgery has been prepared by the joint wellness team to aid in your recovery. Download the joint surgery guide that's right for you by clicking one of the following links.

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.

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