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Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a procedure that can alleviate the pain and immobility that come with injury, deformity or diseases such as arthritis.

At Baptist, we offer total knee replacement surgery in which the knee replacement surgeon removes damaged bone and replaces the knee with an artificial joint. We also offer partial knee replacements and revisions when necessary.

Learn more about the knee replacement process at Baptist with our Joint Replacement Guidebooks.

Reasons for knee replacement surgery

Arthroplasty is used when medical treatments do not provide enough relief from joint pain or disability.

The most common reasons for knee replacement surgery are:

  • Osteoarthritis, a breakdown of joint cartilage that limits movement and may cause pain.
  • Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a knee injury
  • Damage to the knee such as fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments
  • Degenerative joint disease

Additional Knee Pain Treatments such as medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections are often prescribed before deciding surgery is necessary. Read more about your pre-surgical options here.

For more information on knee replacement surgery, call us at (210) 297-7005.

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Don’t let your pain put your life on hold

“I put it off about seven years, getting it fixed,” says Kay Ross, a veteran of both hip and knee replacement at Baptist. 

“I was afraid. But once it’s done, you don’t have that pain anymore!” says Kay.

“The minute you step out of bed you realize ‘I could have done this a year ago.’”

Dr. Bryan Kaiser, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist, says that the staff and the state-of-the-art private patient rooms at Baptist create an easier recovery.

"The fact that they have dedicated orthopedic nurses taking care of them throughout their stay really makes a difference,” says Dr. Bryan Kaiser, Orthopedic Surgeon, "so the patients know that the nurses know how to take care of them."

“Also, the patient rooms were designed for total joint replacements,” says Dr.  Kaiser. "They’ve got a sleeping couch for a family member if they would like to stay, and they’re large enough to accommodate the type of care that needs to be provided in terms of the C.P.M. machines or walkers."

"They’re very large and they’re all private rooms. That’s an important difference.”

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Before knee replacement surgery

Once you and your doctor decide knee replacement surgery is the best treatment, he or she will fully prepare you for the process from start to finish. This will include undergoing tests, filling out forms and learning more about what to expect before, during and after surgery.

For a full list of the steps in preparation, click here

During knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery requires a stay in the hospital. At Baptist, your stay will be about three days, which is shorter than at most other facilities. Most people undergo general anesthesia, and the orthopedic team monitors your vital signs at all times during the procedure. 

Once the prosthesis has been put in place, the doctor will close the incision and you will be taken to recovery and rehabilitation. Click here for a step-by-step account of the procedure.

After knee replacement surgery

You will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once you are stable and alert, you will be taken to your hospital room.

While it may seem surprising, it is important to begin moving the new joint very soon after surgery. A physical therapist will meet with you to get that process started. Your pain will be controlled with medication, and over the course of a few days, the team will give you directions for discharge and rehab.

Our team will follow up with you after six weeks, three months, six months and a year to ensure your new knee is doing well. For the full details about recovery and rehabilitation, click here.