Knee Replacement Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, TX

Nearly 800,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery every year. It’s one of the most reliable medical procedures available today, especially when world-class orthopedic surgeon Joel H. Hurt, MD, performs your surgery. Dr. Hurt can assess your needs and recommend a knee joint replacement that fits your unique situation for the best possible outcomes. Call one of his three office locations in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, or book a consultation through online scheduling.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is knee replacement? 

Knee replacement surgery restores the weight-bearing parts of your knee using plastic and metal components. 

Your knee has three compartments, the medial (inside), lateral (outside), and patellofemoral (front). The type of knee replacement surgery you need depends on how widespread the damage is in your knee. 

Partial knee replacement 

Partial knee replacement surgery removes and replaces arthritic cartilage and some of the underlying bone in one compartment of your knee. 

Total knee replacement

Total knee replacement surgery removes and replaces the arthritic cartilage and some of the underlying bone in all three compartments of your knee. 

For partial and total knee replacements, Dr. Hurt uses the Mako® robotic system, which includes a CT scan. He designs a surgery plan specific to your CT scan and then controls a robotic arm to perform surgery with maximum precision.

Am I a good candidate for a knee replacement?

There are four general qualifications for knee replacement surgery, including: 

Severe arthritis

If you have documented severe arthritis and it’s the direct cause of your knee pain, knee replacement could be the right choice for you. 

Conservative care doesn’t work

To qualify for knee replacement, you must try other nonsurgical options first. This usually includes oral medication, physical therapy, joint injections, and other conservative care. 

Poor quality of life

You should consider knee replacement only if knee pain severely affects your quality of life. 

Realistic goals

It’s important to go into a knee replacement with realistic expectations and goals. Knee replacement can be life-changing for the right patient. It can help you walk without pain again and end your daily misery, but it can’t prep you for running marathons every weekend.

Dr. Hurt has knee arthritis himself, and he understands what you might be going through. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with him so he can help you get exactly what you need from your knee replacement surgery. 

What can I expect after knee replacement?

After your surgery, you need to take regularly scheduled medication to manage your pain and participate in physical therapy to improve your movement. It’s normal to have swelling and warmth for about three months after your knee replacement. 

Each patient is unique, but in general, patients with a desk job might be able to return to work in about three weeks after surgery. If your job requires prolonged standing, it might be as long as three months before you can return to work. 

Most patients feel better than they did prior to surgery within about 6-8 weeks. Ultimately, 100% recovery after knee replacement takes around a year. 

Joel H. Hurt, MD, customizes partial or total knee replacements for your needs. Book your appointment at the nearest office by phone or through online scheduling today.