Gautam Siram, MD Orthopedic Joint Specialist located in Chevy Chase, MD
When you start to have trouble walking up stairs or feel knee pain when you’re lying down, it may be time to consider a knee replacement. Trusted orthopedic joint replacement specialist Gautam Siram, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is an expert at performing knee replacement surgery. Dr. Siram and the team use the most advanced tools and techniques, so you get the best outcomes. To schedule a consultation with one of the most trusted joint surgeons in the area, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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What is a knee replacement?
A knee replacement is a surgical procedure for the treatment of your diseased or severely damaged knee joint. During a knee replacement, Dr. Siram replaces the damaged portions of your knee joint with prosthetic parts to relieve pain and restore joint function.
Dr. Siram is a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon and one of the busiest joint surgeons in the area.
When do I need a knee replacement?
Dr. Siram and the team determine when you need knee replacement surgery after a consultation. The orthopedic joint replacement surgeon may recommend surgery if you have:
- Severe knee pain that limits mobility
- Knee pain when you’re at rest
- Chronic inflammation in your knee
- A knee deformity
Dr. Siram may also recommend knee replacement surgery if conservative treatments no longer provide long-term pain relief.
During your consultation, Dr. Siram reviews your symptoms and your treatment and medical history. He examines your knee to assess strength, stability, and range of motion and conducts X-rays to determine the degree of joint damage.
For some patients, he may also recommend pre-operative CT or MRI scans so that custom, patient-specific instruments can be manufactured based on the specifics of their anatomy.
What are the types of knee replacement?
When it comes to joint replacement surgery, Dr. Siram takes a personalized approach. He customizes your knee replacement surgery based on the degree of joint damage, age, and severity of symptoms.
Knee replacement procedures include:
Total knee replacement
During a total knee replacement, Dr. Siram removes the diseased cartilage and a portion of the bone. He then replaces them with prosthetic implants that allow for painless joint motion and greater mobility.
Partial knee replacement
During a partial knee replacement, Dr. Siram only removes and replaces one compartment of your knee, leaving the rest of your natural joint intact.
Dr. Siram performs partial knee replacement surgery on patients with osteoarthritis or an injury that only affects one compartment of the knee.
Bicruciate retaining knee replacement
Your cruciate ligaments, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are pairs of ligaments located inside your knee that support joint mobility.
During a traditional knee replacement procedure, your orthopedic surgeon removes one or both of these ligaments to provide stability for your prosthetic device.
With advances in tools and technology, Dr. Siram performs bicruciate retaining knee replacement surgery, which spares these ligaments and improves joint movement without sacrificing stability.
Robotic-assisted Total Knee Replacement
During robotic-assisted total knee replacement, Dr. Siram removes the arthritic portions of your knee and replaces them with a combination of plastic and metal parts that form the new surfaces of your joints.
He uses computed tomography (CT) scans to create a virtual model of your knee. Using that model, Dr. Siram shapes the surrounding bone and precisely places the new components of your knee joint using a robotic arm.
Revision knee replacement
Revision knee replacement is a surgical procedure for patients experiencing problems with a prior knee replacement, such as a broken implant or mechanical loosening.
When possible, he uses minimally invasive techniques to perform knee replacement surgery, including robotic knee replacement.
Dr. Siram is highly-regarded in the DMV area for complex knee replacement and revision surgeries, and many physicians refer their patients to him for treatment.
To schedule a knee replacement consultation at the office of Gautam Siram, MD, call or book online today.