Nakul Karkare, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Charles Hospital, completed his fellowship in total joint replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery, NY. He is also fellowship-trained in orthopedic trauma and metabolic bone disease. Here, Dr. Karkare provides some insight into the surgical techniques used at St. Charles Hospital.
What are some of the latest surgical techniques for total hip and total knee replacement?
Dr. Karkare: Total joint replacement for hip and knee pain is one of the most satisfying surgeries of modern times. The procedure provides excellent relief of joint pain, restores joint motion, and gets patients back to their activities of daily living.
In recent years, there have been numerous advances in treatment, implants, and minimally invasive operative techniques. Two techniques in particular have dramatically improved patient outcomes — anterior hip replacement and custom knee replacement.
What is “Direct Anterior hip replacement”?
Dr. Karkare: The direct anterior