Treatment for Bones and Joints
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers surgical and non-surgical treatment of orthopedic problems. Our staff includes orthopedics specialists in the following areas:
- Hand, shoulder and elbow surgery
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Traumatic orthopedic injuries
- Hip and knee surgery
- Sports medicine
For more information or a referral to an Orthopedics Specialist, call 800-879-1033.
Total Knee and Hip Joint Replacement Center
Patients who come to the Total Knee and Hip Joint Replacement Center at South Texas Health System McAllen are surrounded by an atmosphere of caring, comfort and complete understanding. The center provides comprehensive preoperative and postoperative rehabilitation services for patients undergoing total hip replacement and total knee replacement. The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of orthopedics rehabilitation specialists, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers and orthopedic technicians. Working together, these skilled orthopedics professionals provide a full complement of patient services that include:
- Preoperative education
- Advance planning for hospital stay and post-hospital care
- Onsite rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy — Instructions on bathing, dressing, home safety, utilizing assistive devices
Total hip and knee replacement surgeries generally take from two to three hours and involve affixing an artificial joint made of metal and plastic to the bone. After surgery, patients stay in the center, where recovery and rehabilitation begins.