Knee Replacement Specialist

Matthew J Crawford, DO, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Austin, TX

When patients in Houston need knee replacement procedures, Matthew J. Crawford, MD, PhD, offers state-of-the-art knee replacement surgeries to patients in the Austin, Texas, area. As a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Crawford has extensive training and experience in performing full and partial knee replacements. Patients are in excellent hands when they rely on Dr. Crawford’s surgical skills for these procedures. If you're interested in learning more about how you can benefit from a knee replacement, give us a call or request an appointment using the online booking feature.

Knee Replacement Q & A

Why would I need a knee replacement?

Your knees bear the brunt of every step you take, whether you’re walking, running, or even moving from a sitting to a standing position. As a result, your knees are at the highest risk of deterioration due to general wear and tear. They're also more prone to developing conditions like osteoarthritis. Consequently, many people suffer injuries that require their knee to be replaced in part or in full. Knee replacements are one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in America today.

The knees are essential to most movements, and when the joint has become injured or worn down, you can experience significant amounts of pain both when moving and at rest. Unfortunately, when the cartilage in the knee wears away, the body doesn’t generate new tissue, so surgical intervention is often the most effective way to resolve serious knee pain and mobility issues.

 

What happens during knee replacement surgery?

Dr. Crawford first examines your knee to diagnose the extent of the deterioration and to determine if you need a full or partial knee replacement. The knee is a relatively complex joint involving the bottom of the femur, the patella (kneecap), and the tibia and fibula in the lower leg. The ends of these bones meet in the knee, creating a hinge joint, and if the cartilage wears away on any of these surfaces, you can experience quite a bit of pain. If any parts of your knee are in good shape, Dr. Crawford does his best to preserve your natural tissue.

Once Dr. Crawford has comprehensive knowledge of the state of your knee, he orders customized artificial pieces to fit in with your body. During surgery, Dr. Crawford removes the damaged parts of the joint carefully and fits the replacement parts into the joint, reattaching tendons, if necessary.

 

Do I have to do anything special to take care of my new knee?

Following surgery, you’ll have a period to rest and may have to wear a brace to immobilize your knee while it heals. You’ll have physical therapy to rebuild strength and flexibility in the joint. 

Dr. Crawford has performed hundreds of knee replacements and is very experienced in helping his patients to recover from the surgery and get back to normal activities. He gives you instructions specific to your condition and situation after your knee replacement is complete.

If you require a knee replacement, call Dr. Crawford's office, or use the online booking tool to request an evaluation.

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