Hip & Knee Replacement
Replace damaged hip or knee joints with a metal implant
Repair an artificial hip or knee joint prosthesis
Joint Preserving Surgery
Prevent or delay the need for hip or knee replacement
About Dr. Ackermann
Dr. Callie Ackermann is an Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Cape Town’s Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. He specialises in hip and knee replacement and revision surgery, as well as joint preserving surgery.
Having had both of his hips replaced, he understands the importance of finding the right surgeon and knows what it takes to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. He ensures that each stage of the treatment process is thoroughly taken care of, with private consultations, allowing for accurate diagnosis, and individually designed treatment plans. He assists patients with a smooth recovery period, and offers continual advice regarding post-surgical care and recovery.
Dr. Ackermann's Practice
The central focus of Dr. Ackermann’s practice is patient-care. He is contracted in with most Medical Schemes and therefore charges according to Medical Schemes rules. He also has an agreement with ICPS which ensures high quality care and reduces overall treatment costs.
A Wealth of Knowledge and Experience
Dr. Ackermann completed his two-year fellowship training at a prestigious university in the USA, where he gained experience in minimally invasive bone and muscle preserving precision surgery. Thereafter he worked in high volume joint replacement practices in the USA and Canada, growing his knowledge invaluably.
In some cases, non-surgical treatments are the more appropriate solution.
Minimize activities that aggravate the condition, i.e., climbing stairs
Switch to low impact activities like swimming or cycling
Lose excess weight to reduce stress on joints, resulting in less pain and increased function
Specific exercises can help increase range of motion and flexibility, as well as help strengthen the muscles in your legs.
Using devices such as a cane or wearing a brace can be helpful in reducing strain on joints.
Natural supplements, exercise, healthy gut and good lifestyle choices all form part of a successful conservative treatment plan. This is also beneficial to apply to pre and post-surgery life.
Over-the-counter medications, non-narcotic pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can alleviate symptoms. But like all medications, they can cause side effects and interact with other medications you are taking.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are another type of pain reliever. They’re available both over-the-counter and by prescription.
A COX-2 inhibitor, such as Celebrex, is a special type of NSAID that may cause fewer gastrointestinal side effects.
Also known as steroid injections, cortisone injections reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, easing pain and swelling in the joint.
Application of heat helps to relax muscles, improve circulation and reduce stiffness in painful joints.
Alternatively, applying cold to inflamed and swollen joints will soothe any pain and stiffness.
Dr. Ackermann is contracted in, which means that medical aid rates will be charged for each visit.
We do accept VISA payments for consultation fees. Alternatively, the fees can be charged to your medical aid scheme.
For optimal recovery, it is important to remain on crutches for 6-8 weeks post surgery – this timeline will be determined by Dr. Ackermann and a physiotherapist on a case-by-case basis. Even if there is no pain after surgery, the bone and soft tissue needs time to heal.
Most patients will remain in hospital for anything from 1 to 3 days. This varies on a case-by-case basis and will be determined by Dr. Ackermann.
I had so much pain and very little mobility before my knee replacement. Dr. Ackermann did an AMAZING job with my total knee replacement. Everything from providing information pre op, to pain management throughout and creating the tiniest of scars when closing. He can come across as a bit cold or distant initially, but never inaccessible or unfeeling. Just follow his instructions and you will reap the rewards.
Brilliant, hardworking, and a true advocate for patient health and wellness. Dr. Ackermann cares deeply about his patients and provides top quality hip reconstruction procedures. I have had one hip reconstructed and the other replaced due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. My quality of life is very high due to Dr. Ackermann’s expertise and fantastic care.
Dr. Ackerman has been a Doctor to my wife and I for the last 6 years. His care, compassion, and experience are outstanding. He is honest, direct, informed, and has an unmatched level of expertise. Thank you Dr. Ackerman you’re a wonderful surgeon and caring friend.
I’m 75 years old and had my right hip replaced by Dr. Ackermann. I spent only two nights in hospital, and after 3 days I could easily manage stairs with crutches. I suffered discomfort after the op and during recuperation, but had absolutely no pain. Two and a half weeks after the op, I was on one crutch and four weeks in, I was walking without any aid. Thanks aplenty to a maestro orthopaedic surgeon!
Dr. Ackermann gave me the ability to walk, cycle and swim pain free. I got my life back. After having other surgeons tell me I’d need to accept pain as my new normal, I met Dr. Ackermann. He proved them wrong! I am so fortunate to have had met this gifted & caring surgeon. I’d travel around the world to see him before having someone else touch my hips.