You rely on your hips, knees, shoulders and elbows every day. After years of constant use, they may begin to wear out. Baylor Scott & White Health offers several options for joint replacement surgery to get you back on the move safely and quickly.
Advanced Joint Replacement Options
With advances in technology and surgical procedures, you now have even more options for joint replacement. In addition to traditional approaches, Baylor Scott & White also offers several specialized procedures that help lessen recovery time.
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 done the conventional way. 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 reattach 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.
Joint Revision Surgery
Advanced Repair or Replacement
Joint revision surgery can help relieve pain and restore function in joints that have undergone a previous procedure. It's not unusual for artificial hip, shoulder, elbow and knee joints to require revision. Even when the initial outcome of the original replacement procedure is good, the need for revision can arise for a variety of reasons, including:
- Normal wear of an artificial joint. Most prostheses have a life of 10 to 20 years. As time passes, an artificial joint may fit less securely and lose effectiveness or break.
- Pain. Any pain or discomfort that persists after recovery from a joint procedure may indicate one or more problems and could be a reason to consider revision.
- Infection of surrounding tissue. Infection can cause weakness or damage to the joint.
- Structural defects. Debris from components of an artificial joint can cause problems.
- Musculoskeletal tumors. This serious condition in the joint or surrounding soft tissue can lead to functional impairment.
Correction of a previous joint repair or replacement is typically more complex than an initial joint procedure. The cause, previous damage and structural issues complicate these cases and call for specialized expertise.
So if you have previously undergone a joint repair or replacement procedure that may need a second look,
search our online directory for a joint revision specialist on a Baylor Scott & White medical staff near you.
One-Day Joint Replacement Discharge
Joint Replacement Today May Have You Home Tomorrow
Some Baylor Scott & White locations offer one-day joint replacement discharge for eligible patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery. This innovative approach means patients can have surgery one morning and go home the following day.
Thanks to advances in pain management during hip or knee joint replacement procedures at select Baylor Scott & White facilities, rehabilitation is now able to begin within hours after surgery with minimal discomfort. This is because patients typically do not need the types of pain medications that may have more side effects.
After additional therapy the day after surgery, patients can usually discharge home that afternoon. Previously, joint replacement patients typically would be in the hospital for three to four days or longer.
Candidates 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.
Search now to find an orthopedic specialist on the medical staff who can perform the procedure
Robotic-Assisted Hip and Knee Procedures
MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm surgeons on the medical staff at select Baylor Scott & White medical centers can use to assist in total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing procedures. The robotic arm is designed to help surgeons achieve a higher level of precision, helping improve your outcome.
Total Hip Replacement
Robotic-assisted total hip replacement 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
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
Common procedures offered by Baylor Scott & White include: