Robotic And Computer Surgery Specialist

Matthew J Crawford, DO, PhD

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

When damage to the protective cushion between the bones of your joints advances too far, it may need replacing. Dr. Matthew J. Crawford, MD, PhD, in Austin, Texas, offers robotic and computer-assisted surgery joint replacement surgery to relieve joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by cartilage damage. To find out if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery, call the practice, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Robotic and Computer Surgery Q & A

What is cartilage?

Cartilage is a flexible, connective tissue material that lies between the bones of your joints to help hold bones together, such as the bones of the rib cage, and acts as a cushion. Cartilage also helps support our weight when we move, reducing friction. Over time, the cartilage can wear out and become damaged, leaving you with joint pain and stiffness.


What causes cartilage damage?

Cartilage damage occurs through accidents or injury, such as a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or can degenerate slowly through regular wear-and-tear, leading to osteoarthritis. Carrying excessive weight, participating in extreme activities, overusing the body, or having poor alignment of joints can also cause cartilage damage. 

Damaged cartilage takes a long time to heal compared to other tissues in the body as it does not have a blood supply.


How is cartilage damage repaired?

When cartilage damage is confirmed through an MRI and exam, Dr. Crawford will first suggest conservative treatment options for mild-to-moderate cartilage damage. Some patients experience improvement through special exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid injections. If conservative treatment isn’t enough, Dr. Crawford may suggest joint replacement surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility. If you’re experiencing joint pain or lack of mobility, call the practice, or schedule an appointment for an exam online today.


What is robotic and computer-assisted joint replacement surgery?

Cartilage damage that progresses to the surfaces of the joint may require joint replacement surgery. Dr. Crawford uses robotic and computer-assisted technology and incorporates data from X-ray imaging, CT scans, and MRI to create accurate cutting guides focused on your unique anatomy. A 3D model of your hip or knee is created to plan and assist your surgeon, while robotic assistance during the surgical procedure prevents excess bone removal and allows for precise bone cuts.

If you’re experiencing knee or hip pain, or joint pain in other areas of the body, call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew J. Crawford, MD, online. After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Crawford will determine the best course of treatment for cartilage damage or joint replacement surgery to relieve your joint pain and stiffness.

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