Knee Replacement Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

When knee pain keeps you from completing everyday activities like climbing stairs, it may be time to consider a knee replacement. Highly experienced orthopedic surgeon Omar Akhtar, MD, specializes in knee replacement surgery, including custom procedures with Mako™ robotic arm technology, at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. To regain mobility and independence in your life, call or book an appointment online today.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a knee replacement?

Also known as knee arthroplasty, knee replacement is a surgical procedure that aims to relieve pain and restore mobility to severely damaged knee joints. Total knee replacements are among the most successful procedures in modern medicine.

As the largest joints in your body, your knees help you move throughout your day. Knee pain from injuries or arthritis can interfere with your ability to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing up and down stairs. In some cases, knee pain may be severe enough to leave you in discomfort during rest.

When would I need a knee replacement?

Knee replacement is never the first line of treatment for knee pain. Dr. Akhtar always exhausts all possible conservative treatments before recommending any type of surgery.

Dr. Akhtar performs knee replacement procedures to repair damage due to several conditions, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Knee fractures
  • Bone deformities in the knee joint
  • Revision surgery to correct a failed knee replacement

If you continue to suffer from knee pain that interferes with daily activities despite treatment, Dr. Akhtar may suggest a knee replacement. He takes time to explain the risks and benefits of knee replacement surgery so you can make an informed decision with confidence.

What should I expect from a knee replacement procedure?

First, Dr. Akhtar thoroughly evaluates your knee and reviews your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for a knee replacement. Then, he discusses the best surgical options for your particular condition.

Dr. Akhtar is highly trained in the most advanced technology available, including the Mako robotic arm. Depending on your needs, he may use the Mako system to create a customized knee replacement procedure tailored to your unique joint structure.

Mako robotic knee replacement surgery involves taking a CT scan of your affected knee, which Dr. Akhtar uses to create a 3D model of your joint. Using this model, Dr. Akhtar develops a presurgical plan by performing a virtual joint replacement on the computer screen before you even enter the operating room.

To learn more about your options for knee replacement surgery, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.