Knee Replacement Procedures

Don’t Let Knee Pain Slow You Down

If knee pain is slowing you down and preventing you from doing the activities you love, it may be time to consider knee pain treatment and possibly knee replacement surgery. At Baptist Health System, our experienced knee replacement specialists know that you come to us because you’re in pain, and that pain is holding you back from doing the things you love. You can trust that at Baptist, you’ll be treated with high-quality, compassionate care.

Whether you have arthritis, a degenerative joint disease or a loss of cartilage, there’s no better time than now to get help and get your life back. Your doctor will work with you every step of the way to develop the right care plan to fit your unique needs. Your care plan may include medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections. If these treatment options aren’t effective and knee replacement surgery is deemed necessary, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.

Do You Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

Common reasons for knee replacement surgery include:

  • 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

Knee Replacement Surgery Process

Knee replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, 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 a knee replacement surgeon removes damaged bone and replaces your knee with an artificial joint. Partial knee replacements and revisions are also offered when necessary.

If you and your doctor decide knee replacement surgery is the best treatment, your doctor will let you know exactly what to expect before, during and after surgery. Your team will follow up with you after six weeks, three months, six months and a year to ensure your new knee is doing well.

To help assess your knee pain, take our Knee and Hip Health Risk Assessment. You can then print the results to discuss with your doctor.

Learn More About Knee Replacement Surgery

Learn more about the knee replacement process at Baptist. Read our Knee Replacement Guidebook or find an orthopedic specialist who’s right for you using our find a doctor search.

For questions on knee replacement surgery or to schedule an appointment, call (210) 297-7005.

A Patient’s Story

“I put off surgery for 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.’”

“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. "Patients know that the nurses know how to take care of them. Also, the patient rooms were designed for total joint replacements. 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.”