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Joint Replacement

Dr. Akhtar has replaced thousands of worn out, loose, damaged, stiff, and painful hips and knees. He is experienced with all surgical approaches for the hip including the "direct anterior" or muscle sparing approach. Which surgical approach is appropriate depends upon your anatomy and particular condition of the joint.

Robotic assisted knee replacement using the MAKO robotic arm is a new technology in Austin and Dr. Akhtar is specialty trained in this technology. It allows for more precise machining of the joint surfaces and allows him to dial in the appropriate sizing to allow for a customized and personalized knee experience . In theory, this can allow for a longer lasting and better feeling knee replacement. 

Revision, or do-over, joint replacement of the hip and knee is another area of expertise for Dr. Akhtar. Whether due to unexpected early loosening, dislocation, infection, or a worn out bearing surface, Dr. Akhtar has seen it and treated it.

Dr. Akhtar is also experienced in all surgical approaches for hip replacement: anterior, posterolateral, and anterolateral. Which approach he uses depends upon your specific anatomy and your needs. Please discuss this topic in the office during your office consultation.

For more information and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons FAQ section (this link will open a new page).


Knee Joint Replacement

The decision to proceed with a knee replacement is not an easy one. It is an operation and the experience can be frightening and can create anxiety. However, for those with painful arthritis, a knee replacement can mean the difference between immobility and the return to an independent life.

Total knee replacements last for many years: about 90-95% of total knee replacements last 10 to 15 years- after that, a revision, or do-over, operation is performed to allow one to get back to being independent and mobile. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete and involves a 1 to 2 day stay in the hospital (for a partial knee replacement, the stay is overnight or going home the same day). One is walking the day of surgery with a walker. Progression to a cane takes about 2 to 3 weeks and then the need for a cane dissipates after about 6 weeks. Rehabilitation starts immediately after the operation and continues after you leave the hospital. Full recovery varies from person to person, but can take up to 3 months. For those who are working, return to work occurs as soon as pain and mobility allow and this can happen as soon as 4 weeks after the operation.

There are risks involved with the operation and this is something you should discuss in detail with Dr. Akhtar so you can make an informed decision.

It is important to select an experienced surgeon when you decide to have this operation. Dr. Akhtar has evaluated thousands of patients and has performed hundreds of primary and revision knee replacement surgeries. He specializes in complex cases and uses the latest technologies to optimize outcomes. He performs:


Hip Joint Replacement

The decision to proceed with a hip replacement is not an easy one. It is an operation and the experience can be frightening and can create anxiety. However, for those with painful arthritis, a hip replacement can mean the difference between immobility and the return to an independent life.

Hip replacements last for many years: about 90-95% of total hip replacements last 15 to 20 years and it is one of the most successful operations invented- after that, a revision, or do-over, operation is performed to allow one to get back to being independent and mobile. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete and involves a 1 to 2 day stay in the hospital. One is walking the day of surgery with a walker. Progression to a cane takes about 2 to 3 weeks and then the need for a cane dissipates after about 6 weeks. Rehabilitation starts immediately after the operation and continues after you leave the hospital. Full recovery varies from person to person, but can take up to 3 months. For those who are working, return to work occurs as soon as pain and mobility allow and this can happen as soon as 4 weeks after the operation.

There are risks involved with the operation and this is something you should discuss in detail with Dr. Akhtar so you can make an informed decision.

There are different surgical approaches to hip replacement: anterior, lateral, and posterior. Dr Akhtar has extensive experience with and utilizes all three approaches. Each patient is evaluated individually and a customized surgical plan involving surgical approach and implant type is developed depending on anatomical differences and your preferences.

It is important to select an experienced surgeon when you decide to have this operation. Dr. Akhtar has evaluated thousands of patients and has performed hundreds of primary and revision hip replacement surgeries. He specializes in complex cases and uses the latest technologies to optimize outcomes. He performs:

  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Computer assisted surgery
  • Hip replacement for dysplasia, post-traumatic arthritis, inflammatory arthritis and other causes of hip disease
  • Hip fracture surgery