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.

Welcome to the Joint University

We are committed to providing state-of-the-art patient centered care to each patient through interdisciplinary and coordinated services. Our team of healthcare professionals works closely together to ensure each patient receives personalized and quality care throughout their journey in the Joint University.

The Joint University at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center begins with education through our pre-operative class, The Joint Effort. During this class, participants will learn what to expect upon admission, during surgery and during each day of their hospital stay. Patient awareness and knowledge of what to expect has been proven to decrease patient anxiety and stress which leads to improved healing and outcomes.

Each patient in the Joint University is provided with a pathway specific for their surgery which explains the individual goals for each day of the hospital stay. Our team of healthcare professionals work side by side with the patient daily to meet each of the goals.

Patient Education and Information

Joint Effort pre-operative class

Our Joint Effort class is taught by healthcare professionals to provide patients with important information on what to expect in surgery, during the hospital stay, and following discharge from the hospital. The Joint Effort class is for patients who have scheduled their surgery at the hospital and is best to attend 1-2 weeks prior to the surgery date.

Patients experience better outcomes when they are knowledgeable about what they will experience in the hospital and what their goals are. Each patient will receive a Patient Handbook with valuable and detailed information as well as areas to write down instructions from the doctors or nurses.

Please call 512-341-6414 to register for a class once you have scheduled your surgery.

Surgical Options

Surgical options for the knee include total knee replacement as well as uni-compartmental and bi-compartmental knee replacement surgery. The Journey Knee is a total joint replacement option that acts more like the natural knee. This allows patients to return to pre-injury activities that they may not have been able to do with a traditional knee replacement. With the uni and bi compartmental options, only the affected compartments of the knee are replaced, which protects the integrity of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments responsible for maintaining joint stability in the knee.

Surgical options for the hip include both the posterior and anterior approach for a total hip replacement as well as the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System which maintains more of your natural bone by resurfacing the joint. Only the first layer of damaged bone is removed, compared with the entire upper segment of the bone in a traditional hip replacement. This allows for a faster recovery and a quicker return to daily activities. Only surgeons specifically trained in this procedure can perform this resurfacing. St. David's Round Rock Medical Center's Orthopedic Medical Director, Dr. Michael Valastro, is one of few surgeons in the Central Texas area trained to perform this surgery.

Treatments and Conditions:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Podiatry, Foot and Ankle
  • Hand Surgery
  • Spine and Back
  • Arm and Shoulder

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St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
2400 Round Rock Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Telephone: (512) 341-1000
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