Robotic Surgery Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

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

Robotic surgery using the Mako® system is the most customizable type of knee replacement available today. At his office locations in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, experienced robotic surgeon Joel H. Hurt, MD, specializes in this CT-guided approach that includes a customized surgical plan for every patient. Call the office nearest you or book your consultation online.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

With robotic surgery, Dr. Hurt performs your knee joint replacement by controlling robotic arms. He uses the Mako system, which uses a CT scan to customize a 3D surgery plan to perfectly adapt to your joint anatomy and support ligaments.

Using Mako robotic surgery, Dr. Hurt achieves the ideal placement of your new knee components. Although he’s in control of the robotic arms at all times, he can work only within the precise surgery area that’s predetermined as the ideal placement for your new implants.

What are the options for robotic surgery knee replacement?

The two main kinds of Mako robotic knee replacement are partial and total. 

Partial robotic knee replacement

In a partial robotic knee replacement, Dr. Hurt replaces one of the three compartments in your knee. This leaves the maximum amount of natural support tissue intact. This surgery is best suited for osteoarthritis sufferers who have cartilage loss in just one knee compartment.

Total robotic knee replacement

In a total robotic knee replacement, Dr. Hurt replaces all three knee compartments. If you have widespread cartilage loss due to osteoarthritis or other reasons, this might be a good option. 

Dr. Hurt can explain the best type of surgery for you based on your short-term needs and long-term goals. 

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

If you’re a good candidate for knee replacement, Dr. Hurt is likely to recommend robotic surgery versus traditional open surgery. The many advantages of robotic joint replacement include: 

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less bleeding
  • Smaller scar
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery

Because robotic surgery gives you ideal joint implant placement, it preserves more of your natural tissues. This means that your movement can feel more natural after robotic surgery. 

How long is recovery after robotic knee replacement surgery?

For 100% recovery, it takes around a year. But, you should feel better long before then. The majority of robotic knee replacement patients can return to work in about three weeks (for a sitting job) or three months (for jobs requiring long periods of standing). 

Within 6-8 weeks, most robotic knee replacement patients enjoy less pain and better function than prior to their surgery. 

Are you in pain and wondering if cutting-edge robotic surgery is the answer? Set up a consultation with Joel H. Hurt, MD, using online booking, or call the office nearest you.