About Knee Replacement Surgery
If you have knee pain due to arthritis or injury, the pain associated with those conditions can make performing simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs extremely difficult. When nonsurgical treatments such as lifestyle adjustments, physical therapy, medications and the use of walking aids are no longer helpful in providing relief, knee replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and improve your function. At UT Health Austin, our orthopedic knee surgeons understand that knee replacement surgery can sound daunting. We will work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind and with a team of physicians and providers specific to your case who are here to help you every step of the way, before knee replacement surgery and throughout the entire recovery process.
Knee Replacement Surgery at UT Health Austin
Upon evaluation of your knee, your surgeon will review the results with you and discuss whether knee replacement surgery is the best method to relieve your pain and improve your function. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect for the procedure and recovery process. An important factor in deciding whether to have knee replacement surgery is understanding the realities and outcomes. Most patients who have knee replacement surgery experience a reduction in hip pain and improvement in their mobility and function. With appropriate activity modification and a recovery plan developed by you and your care team, knee replacements can last for decades.
Care Team Approach
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Musculoskeletal Institute care team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, physiatrists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to customize a treatment plan specific to you. Treatment may include nonsurgical interventions, such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or medication and injections, or surgery may be the best course of action to help improve your pain and function. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.