Vasilios Mathews, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX
The knee is the largest joint in your body, so disease or damage that limits its function can be debilitating. Houston, Texas based orthopedic surgeon and knee replacement specialist Vasilios Mathews, MD, has helped thousands of men and women improve their lives with knee replacement surgery. As a knee replacement expert, Dr. Mathews is skilled in minimally invasive procedures and performs all surgeries himself. If you think you may need a knee replacement, call or book an appointment online today.
Knee Replacement Q & A
What is knee replacement?
Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is a procedure that removes damaged or diseased tissue from your knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. Knee replacement can help relieve pain, restore mobility, and improve function in a damaged knee joint.
Dr. Mathews is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon who has performed thousands of knee replacement procedures. He’s also handled countless cases of failed knee replacements and is acutely aware of what works and what doesn’t.
Dr. Mathews has extensive experience in muscle-sparing, minimally invasive surgery techniques, and performs these procedures whenever possible.
To ensure your artificial knee lasts as long as possible, Dr. Mathews uses only the best materials and designs in knee replacement components. He regularly attends scientific meetings and stays current on the latest trends to offer you the highest quality, low-wear knee replacement.
When would I need a knee replacement?
If you have severe knee pain that limits your ability to move and perform regular activities, it may be time to consider a knee replacement. Dr. Mathews maximizes conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, before recommending surgery.
In some cases, conservative treatments fail to improve your condition and surgery is the only remaining option. Dr. Mathews treats a wide range of painful knee problems with knee replacement surgery, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Avascular necrosis (AVN) or osteonecrosis
- Knee injuries
- Complicated knee deformities
- Osteoarthritis Dissecans (OCD)
What should I expect from a knee replacement procedure?
Before your procedure, Dr. Mathews discusses your options for anesthesia, which may include general or spinal. He also concludes whether you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Mathews performs all knee replacement surgeries himself at the hospital. He pays careful attention to your unique anatomy and knee balance during surgery.
Hospital stays are typically short - one night - and even same-day discharge is becoming more and more common. Unicompartmental, or partial knee replacements, are n even less invasive procedure with a shorter stay, which works well for patients who have only one part of the knee involved.
Afterward, Dr. Mathews works with you to develop a recovery plan that includes pain management and physical therapy.
If you’re looking for an expert knee replacement specialist, call the office of Vasilios Mathews, MD, or book an appointment online.