Once, total joint replacement was a method of last resort. Surgeries were fully invasive and recovery was painful. A return of full function was rarely achieved. The relatively swift failure of the prosthetic joint was all but guaranteed, necessitating additional surgeries. At Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, however, joint replacement is a more promising proposition.
Less is more.
Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine joint replacement specialists have helped pioneer less-invasive surgical methods that allow for quicker recovery times, enabling patients to return to more active lifestyles. These procedures minimize the number of tendons and ligaments cut in the process of joint implantation. The average stay after a joint replacement at Houston Methodist is only three and a half days–50 percent shorter than the average 20 years ago.
In addition to their active practice, physicians at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are at the forefront of advancement in joint replacement, including close coordination with physician-scientists who are actively involved in:
- Designing and biomechanically testing new prosthetic joints
- Developing and testing less-invasive methods for joint replacement
- Developing cementless (biological) fixation for prosthetic joints
- Evaluating and testing bearing surfaces