Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands offers world-class, innovative orthopedic care. Services range from non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures, surgery, and rehabilitation for muscle, joint and bone injuries and abnormalities.
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The IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute is a comprehensive sports medicine clinic providing elite care for athletes of all ages and skill levels. The institute is based in Houston, Texas, serving the community with locations in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, Memorial City Medical Center, and The Woodlands.
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For many, joint pain and loss of joint mobility are viewed as an inevitable part of aging. Often, the damage done to the joint is best addressed by total joint replacement - the implanting of a synthetic joint in place of a painfully arthritic one.
Total joint replacements are surgical procedures generally used to reduce the pain and immobility associated with severe, debilitating osteoarthritis or traumatic injury of the knee or hip. Many of these conditions can limit everyday activities.
The Joint Center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital is a specially designed, patient-centric model that includes an 18-bed inpatient unit complemented by its own gym and physical therapy space. The Center is under the medical leadership of co-medical directors Kelly Blevins, MD and Brian Chimenti, MD - both orthopedic surgeons experienced in hip and knee replacements and revisions.
At the Joint Center, patients attend a Preoperative Joint Replacement Education Session with information on what to expect before, during and after surgery - giving the patient and their family the information they need to have a successful outcome.
Once the patient is admitted, they will be in the specially-designed Joint Center inpatient unit. They will go through recovery with other joint replacement patients, meeting in the Center's gym.
Other Orthopedic Services
Specific treatment areas include:
- Sports medicine
- Spinal disorders
- Muscle and nerve surgery
- Hand injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Bone reconstruction
- Upper extremity – shoulder, elbow, hand
A dedicated and highly skilled multidisciplinary orthopedic care team includes specially trained physicians, nurses and rehabilitation specialists. Memorial Hermann surgeons use the latest in high-tech diagnostic tools, including high-speed CT scanning, ultrasound, angiogram, and a remarkable three-Tesla MRI.
For more information or for physician referral, call 713.222.CARE (2273).
Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital is improving the surgery experience for some patients by offering a new and improved total hip replacement surgery that speeds recovery time and reduces post-operative pain.
The "direct anterior" approach to total hip replacement involves making an incision on the front of the hip rather than the side or back as traditionally done. As a result, surgeons can follow the natural spaces between the hip joint's muscles and tendons, resulting in less damage to the soft tissues.
Additional advantages of the anterior hip replacement include:
- Reduced hospital stay - from 3-10 days to 2-4 days
- Faster recovery - from 12 weeks to 2-8 weeks
- Less muscle trauma - no muscle detachment
- Reduced pain, blood loss and tissue healing required
- More accurate leg length control
- Reduced risk of post-operative dislocation of the hip implant