Southwestern Medical Center’s Joint Center focuses on assisting patients with their joint replacement needs. The Joint Center is staffed by highly qualified, licensed and accredited personnel. The Joint Center is dedicated to helping each patient achieve a pain free lifestyle.
The Joint Center at Southwestern is the first program in Southwest Oklahoma and the second in the state receive the Advanced Certification in Total Knee and Total Joint Replacement from The Joint Commission. Advanced Certification ensures you will receive the best possible care, in a safe and efficient manner.
For additional information please call (580) 353-8600.
Some of the Services We Offer Include
Full Knee Replacement
Knee joint replacement is a surgery that reforms the knee, which can be impaired by arthritis, traumatic injury or other causes. With the surgical attachment of specially manufactured metal and plastic elements, knee replacement surgery is able to recreate knee joint movement and help patients live a pain-free and active lifestyle.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement is done when damage is present, but has not affected the entire knee joint. Partial knee replacement is less extensive than a full knee replacement, and most patients are discharged on the same day as the procedure. Partial knee replacement requires less rehabilitation and healing time than a full knee replacement.
Full or Partial Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgery involves substituting the unhealthy part of the hip joint with a manufactured replica. The procedure occurs most often in patients suffering from chronic pain, but can also alleviate malformation and damage caused by previous injury.
Shoulder replacement surgery benefits patients who are suffering from chronic pain or severe joint injury.
What is Arthroplasty?
Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged or diseased joint with a completely functional artificial one. Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery should expect to be mobile within the same day of the procedure. Most patients are discharged within 1to 2 days after surgery.
Patients should begin to enjoy significant pain reduction within 2 to 6 weeks of surgery. According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, artificial hip and knee joints will last most patients 15 to 20 years.
Any type of joint replacement should not be considered until medicinal, rehabilitation, and alternative therapy attempts have been unsuccessful.
Meet The Team
Stephen Davenport, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Davenport is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Davenport received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Stanford, California and his medical degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed his surgical and orthopedic residences at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Davenport is the only Fellowship Trained hip & knee reconstruction orthopedic surgeon in southwest Oklahoma.
His primary interests are joint reconstruction, including surgery of the hip, knee, shoulder, foot, ankle, and elbow. Dr. Davenport performed the first computer assisted knee replacement surgery in Oklahoma and is involved in new hip and knee designs as well as new surgical techniques. He performs minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. These procedures allow for patients to go home earlier and with a faster recovery rate.
Dr. William Harris, Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Harris is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren, Ohio. Dr. Harris received his medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo. and has been in practice for over 25 years.
Dr. Harris’ Care Philosophy:
It is crucial to provide the highest possible quality of care to my patients with an approach that is tailored to their individual needs. This motivates me to “maintain” the highest level of training and clinical expertise. I draw on more than 25 years of experience in medicine to provide the kind of compassionate, high-quality medical care that I would want for my own family. My goal is to help my patients get back to living normal lives, with quality, as quickly as possible.
Keri Gaytan, RN, Joint Center Coordinator
As the program coordinator, Keri coordinates care of our patients between the physicians, core clinical team, administrative leadership, as well as with the patients and family. She oversees data collection and reporting for the Joint Center to help improve patient outcomes. She has the responsibility for the development and presentation of all education opportunities and material to patients and staff.
The Joint Center is dedicated to providing the highest level of care at all stages of the joint replacement process. We join with you as soon as your physician determines the need for a joint replacement, and we walk with you through preoperative education, registration, admission, surgery, post surgical care, the transition home, and your post hospital therapy needs. We take a well patient approach to our care, focusing on early mobility, excellent pain control, and shortened hospital stays. Our patients walk the day of their surgery, and must go home the next day. Of course each patient is different, but our goal is for you to recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
We believe that comprehensive preoperative education empowers our patient and their family to be prepared for their hospital stay and to feel strong ownership in their recovery and return to a normal lifestyle. Our preoperative Joint classes are available to patients and family, and present an overview of your hospital stay, introductions to our staff, a look into your surgery, and help you prepare for your time with us.
We encourage all patients to identify a family member or loved one to be a patient coach while in the hospital, and as you return home after surgery. Your coach is invited to attend the preoperative joint class with you, and can be present for your in hospital education and therapy as you prepare to go home.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a knee Replacement?
Knee replacement or knee arthroplasty is a procedure in which a portion or the entire knee joint is surfaces are replaced with surgically implanted metal and plastic components that have been shaped to provide correct joint movement. This procedure is most commonly performed to reduce the pain and disability primarily caused by severe osteoarthritis or other causes of debilitating pain, which might include cartilage defects, meniscus tears and major tendon tears.
Knee replacement surgery is generally only considered when medication, physical therapy, or other treatment modalities have failed, or promise to be ineffective.
The goal of this procedure is pain reduction and improvement in knee function.
What about a Partial Knee Replacement?
For some patients, only a portion of the knee surfaces have been worn away from arthritis. These patients may be a good candidate for a partial knee replacement, where only a small portion or the knee joint surfaces are removed, and replaced with metal and plastic components. Most frequently, patients who receive a partial knee replacement go home the same day as the surgery, and require little to no physical therapy to return to normal daily activities, with significantly reduced, or no pain.
What is Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement, or hip arthroplasty, is a procedure in which a portion or the entire hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. A total hip replacement is most commonly performed to relieve severe pain that is associated with severe osteoarthritis. Additionally, a total or partial hip replacement may be performed to correct joint deformity or damage that result from certain hip fractures.
Hip replacement surgery is generally only considered when medication, physical therapy, or other treatment modalities have failed, or promise to be ineffective.
The goal of this procedure is pain reduction and improvement in hip function.
What is Shoulder Replacement?
Shoulder replacement, or shoulder arthroplasty, is a procedure in the shoulder joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. A shoulder replacement is most commonly performed to relieve severe pain that is associated with osteoarthritis.
Shoulder replacement surgery is generally only considered when medication, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, or other treatment modalities have failed, or promise to be ineffective.
The goal of this procedure is pain reduction and improvement in shoulder function.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Our goal is that patients will get out of bed, and begin walking on the day of their surgery. Recipients of a Partial knee replacement will generally go home the day of their surgery, while Total Hip, and Total Knee replacement patients generally go home within 1 to 2 days after surgery. Many patients go home the next day.
How long will my new joint last?
All implants have a limited life expectancy depending on the individuals weight, activity level and other medical conditions. When joint replacements were pioneered in the in 1970’s it was believed that the replacements would last 10 years.
Recent research has shown that 90-95% of hip and knee replacements will last 10 years, and that 80-85% of hip and knee replacements will last 20 years.
How long does it take to recover from a joint replacement?
The vast majority of patients who have a hip or knee replacement have dramatic improvement in function and pain reduction within weeks of the surgery. The joint surface is completely corrected and functional by the end of the actual procedure. The recovery period is focused on healing the skin, muscle and ligament damage that is a result of the surgical procedure. It is during this time that you will work to heal and strengthen the muscles, and stretch the tissues as they heal.
About 6 weeks after the surgery, most patients are walking comfortable with little or no support, and when muscle strength is restored, patients can resume most all of their normal activities.
Will the surgery be painful?
You will have some pain following your surgery, but our goal is to minimize this pain. Your pain is controlled in many ways, including nerve blocks (numbing the nerve with medication), surgical site injection during surgery, and Oral pain medications afterward. Plan for your pain to be a a level that still allows you to walk, eat, sleep, and do your daily exercises.
Pain after is variable from person to person, so we encourage you to communicate your pain level to your care providers. Advances in pain control allow us to intervene quickly and efficiently after surgery.
Will I need a walker, crutches, or cane?
We will work with you using a front wheeled walker immediately after surgery. Generally, patients progress from a walker, to a cane, and to no assistive device at all.
Each patient progresses at their own rate, so the length of time that you need with each device will be made on an individual basis between the patient, the therapist, and the physician.