Meet Dr. Kenneth EstreraOrthopaedic Surgeon in Dallas

Kenneth Estrera M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical School. He specializes in hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, minimally invasive joint replacement, and complex and revision joint reconstruction with additional expertise in the management of periprosthetic joint infections.

He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he was also awarded a National Institutes of Health research grant and the C. Frank Webber Prize for his research on diabetes and orthopaedic injuries in college athletics. Dr. Estrera performed an orthopaedic residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center and served as a specialist registrar on the joint arthroplasty service at Norfolk and Norwich University in England. He completed his joints reconstruction fellowship at Rush Medical College in Chicago where he received specialized training in minimally invasive joint replacement and complex joint reconstruction.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Dr. Estrera knows first-hand how devastating an orthopaedic injury or condition can be to a patient. He played football at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas and later at Yale University, where he suffered multiple orthopaedic injuries.

The process of knee replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, involves resurfacing the ends of the bones that form the knee joint. Surgical instruments are used to remove the cartilage and damaged bony surfaces of the tibia, femur, and patella, and metal and plastic components are sized and shaped to replace the damaged parts.

Not all patients need surgery, however, which is why Dr. Estrera exhausts all nonoperative options before considering a hip or knee replacement. He notes that joint replacements are life-long commitments and says a vital part of his job is thus educating patients and their family members about the process, which improves the experience and eventual outcome.