A multidisciplinary approach to treating musculoskeletal diseases and tumors

The Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano Complex Joint and Musculoskeletal Tumor Program offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disease, including benign and malignant tumors.

Patients from across the country with serious conditions affecting bones, joints and soft tissue have turned to the program for help saving and/or restoring their quality of life.

Treatment plans available through the program are tailored to each individual, but the goal is always the same: pain-free recoveries that restore function, salvage limbs and eliminate the underlying cause of the problem.

Conditions treated

The Baylor Scott & White – Plano Complex Joint and Musculoskeletal Tumor Program specializes in managing complicated orthopedic cases, including:

  • Orthopedic cancer care
  • Osteomyelitis/bone infections
  • Musculoskeletal tumors
  • Infected joints

The program’s multidisciplinary team of specialists understands the disease processes involved in these cases and the techniques necessary to replace or reconstruct diseased joints and prevent future damage or infection. We also have a high success rate when it comes to limb salvage.

Treatment options

As a recognized leader in orthopedics, Baylor Scott & White – Plano's Complex Joint and Musculoskeletal Tumor Program offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Total knee and shoulder replacement
  • Complex joint reconstruction
  • Complex joint revision
  • Infected joint treatment and replacement
  • Limb salvage

Joint replacement and reconstruction procedures are frequently associated with joints that have been severely damaged due to athletic-related injuries or age-related wear and tear. However, infections, tumors and deformities in the bones and joints also may mean total joint replacement is the best course of treatment.

These surgical cases are often more complicated due to the underlying cause, which may have led to bone or soft tissue loss or other structural deficits in the joint that needs to be replaced.

Joint revision

In addition, the program also focuses on correcting failed total joint replacements of the hips, knees and elbows.

Patients who are still in pain after joint replacement or who experience loosening, fracturing, infections and bony structural defects from debris from components of the joint or cancer may want to consider joint revision.

What to expect

A multidisciplinary team reviews individualized treatment plans on a regular basis.

This highly specialized team includes radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, orthopedists, internists, infectious disease specialists, hyperbaric medicine specialists, plastic surgeons and other subspecialists, as appropriate.

This team approach—combined with advanced technology and forward-thinking research—provides each patient with proper diagnosis and allows a full breadth treatment options to be explored, implemented, monitored and adjusted on an ongoing basis to help promote a quality outcome.

Medical leadership

Nathan Gilbert, MD

Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Tumor Service