Joint Replacement Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist Omar Akhtar, MD, is fellowship-trained in adult reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akhtar performs a range of joint procedures, including customized robot-assisted knee replacement and revision surgery, at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. To schedule a consultation with a joint replacement expert, call or book an appointment online today.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What is joint replacement?

Total joint replacement involves surgically removing damaged or diseased tissue from a joint and replacing it with an artificial component (prosthesis) made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The prosthesis imitates the natural shape and movement of your joint.

The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore normal functioning to a joint that’s been damaged by arthritis or an injury. Dr. Akhtar has helped thousands of men and women regain independence with joint replacement surgery.

Why would I need joint replacement surgery?

Dr. Akhtar and the team at Capital City Orthopaedics only recommend surgery after exploring all other possible forms of treatment. The most common reason adults need joint replacement surgery is to treat advanced cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, especially in large joints such as the knee and hip.

You may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery if you have any condition that causes symptoms such as:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Restricted mobility
  • Joint weakness

If these symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily life and persist despite nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, it may be time to consider joint replacement.

Sometimes, joint replacement procedures fail for a variety of reasons. Dr. Akhtar has particular expertise in revision, or do-over, joint replacement. If you have a joint replacement that’s become loose, infected, or has another problem, Dr. Akhtar can fix it.

What should I expect from a joint replacement procedure?

First, Dr. Akhtar performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for joint replacement surgery. He spends time listening to your concerns and answering all your questions about the procedure.

Then, Dr. Akhtar creates a personalized preoperative plan tailored to your specific needs. He recommends the best approach and uses the latest technologies, such as the Mako™ robotic arm.

Total joint replacement surgery typically lasts a few hours. Revision surgery is more complicated, so that may take longer.

After your procedure, Dr. Akhtar develops a rehabilitation plan to help you recover and return to the activities you love. To learn more about joint replacement, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.