Orthopedic care

Living with daily bone and joint pain can be unbearable for many people. Your ability to move, work and be physically active is related to the health of your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

Our orthopedic specialists at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center are here for you when your aches, pains or a serious injury compromise your ability to function. Our orthopedic program combines the experience of a focused, multidisciplinary team. This team includes internists, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Our team delivers collaborative, comprehensive orthopedic care through working with patients from diagnosis to recovery.

For more information, or to schedule a joint surgery pre-operative class, please call (713) 527-3500.

Orthopedic imaging and diagnostics

Diagnosis of pain, injury or disease is key to prescribing a treatment for successful recovery. At HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center, we use advanced orthopedic imaging tools to create precise and detailed images of bones, joints and tissues. Imaging tests that we utilize include:

  • X-ray
  • Sonography
  • Computerized tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a diagnostic procedure performed most frequently on the knee or shoulder joint, but can also include ankles, wrists and hips. It can be used to diagnose suspected ligament tears, damaged meniscus cartilage, bone fragments, joint pain or the need for joint surgery. In many cases, repairs can be made through the arthroscope, reducing the need for larger incisions and a lengthy recovery time.

Joint replacement

Knee and hip replacement procedures are commonly performed on people with severe arthritis. Joint replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged joint with an artificial joint, or prosthesis.

Once surgery is performed, patients will receive physical therapy and pain management, if needed, for several days while they remain in the hospital. Our team of nurses and physical therapists conduct patient and family education on what to expect when the patient goes home and how to care for the incision prior to discharge. In preparation for the return home after surgery, a home assessment may be conducted to help promote your safety at home. In most cases, patients will be placed on a schedule of outpatient therapy once discharged from the hospital.

HCA Houston Medical Center offers pre-operative joint replacement classes in order to allow patients and their families to learn about joint replacement surgery and the recovery process. Patients and families may attend a class once their joint replacement surgery has been scheduled.

Our extensive orthopedic program prepares our patients for the joint replacement surgical experience. The surgical unit at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center offers the experience of a focused, multidisciplinary team and has been designated a Blue Distinction designation. This award is recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and is given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivery quality healthcare.

Signs and symptoms of orthopedic conditions

Heat and swelling can occur when you incur an orthopedic injury or condition. Your brain continuously works to balance the chemicals in your body and when there is damage to any body part, chemicals are released and fluid is sent to cushion and nourish the area. These excess chemicals are the cause of heat and swelling.

Pain is an obvious sign that something may be wrong. This is your body’s way of getting your attention, and it is usually quite effective. Eventually, pain may limit your ability to get around and enjoy your favorite activities. If pain prevents you from moving about or exercising, it can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Immobility may be a severe sign of an orthopedic problem. Your joints require motion to maintain function, as a certain amount of weight-bearing stress and movement is needed to nourish cartilage and prevent bone loss. If pain prevents regular movement, the joint can deteriorate to the point of immobility.