St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

What to Expect

Before Surgery


Your surgeon will order certain tests and classes that must be performed prior to your surgery.

  • Blood Work 
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) 
  • Joint Express Education Class

Your surgeon may also require you receive a pre-operative medical clearance from either your primary care physician or cardiologist. Once your surgery date is set, you will be asked to come back to the hospital to meet with the pre-surgical nurse. An anesthesiologist (the doctor who will put you to sleep and monitor you through the operation) will also see you. When you come to the hospital for that visit, please bring a list of:

  • Current medications, including dosage 
  • All current medical problems 
  • All previous surgeries

During this visit, you will receive instructions on what time to arrive to your surgery at the hospital, and what medications you are supposed to take the morning of your surgery.

Preparing for Surgery:

  • Choose your joint replacement coach
  • Eat healthy in the weeks prior to your surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop taking NSAIDS 10 days before your surgery as directed by your physician
  • If you need dental work, see your dentist before your surgery, as you will not be able to see the dentist until cleared by your surgeon
  • Schedule your Joint Express class and pre-surgical testing
  • Start pre-operative exercises
  • If you are taking long term blood thinners, please discuss with your physician when or if you should stop taking it prior to your surgery

Day of Surgery


Several monitoring devices and medical equipment may be used to properly care for you and monitor your vital signs during and after your surgery. These include:

  • Oxygen delivered through a tube that attaches to your nose.
  • You may have a urinary (Foley) catheter, which is a tube inserted into your bladder to drain urine.
  • Intravenous (IV) tubing connected to your IV access (usually in your arm) to deliver fluids and medications to your body.
  • A heart monitor to continuously observe your heart rate.
  • A pulse oximeter, a painless measuring device attached to your finger to read the saturation of oxygen in your blood and determine when supplemental oxygen can be safely decreased and eventually removed.
  • A sterile dressing to your surgical site after surgery.
  • You may also have a drain at your surgical site after surgery.
  • Use of these items will gradually decrease as you recover.

Your Surgical Procedure:

Surgery is done under anesthesia. You may have general anesthesia, which most people call “being put to sleep”. Some patients prefer to have a spinal or epidural anesthetic, which numbs  your legs only and does not require you to be put to sleep. The choice is between you and your anesthesiologist. You will be monitored by the anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.

Family members are encouraged to remain in the surgical waiting area. The length of your surgery depends on the complexity of your procedure. Once the surgery is completed, your surgeon will come to the surgical waiting room and talk with your family.


After surgery, you will wake up in the recovery room (Post Anesthsia Care Unit) and be greeted by a nurse who specializes in post anesthesia care. You will be very sleepy and you may not remember details of your short stay in the recovery room. Your post anesthesia nurse will monitor your vital signs and help control your pain for approximately one hour until you are ready to move on to the Orthopedic Unit. Once you have been transferred to your room on the Orthopedic Unit, you family may again join you.

Choose St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare offers state-of-the-art equipment and technology. All technical staff are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and licensed by the Texas Department of Health-Medical Radiologic Technologic Program. All Radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology.

Digital Mammography
  • Digital Mammography
  • DEXA Bone Densitometry Scans
  • Ultrasound

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Treatments & Conditions

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Self Exam
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • DEXA Bone Densitometry Scans
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • MRI of the Breast
  • Osteoporosis
  • Utrasound / Sonogram
  • Women's Health Guide

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