Akhilesh Sastry, MD
Dr. Akhil Sastry is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee joint replacement and robotic assisted surgery.
Widely renowned for his work with MAKO technology, Dr. Sastry is credited as the 1st Master Surgeon of Robotic Surgery in New England. He is recognized as the first surgeon to have performed a robotic-assisted total knee replacement in New Hampshire and Maine, and was among the first 15 surgeons to perform this operation worldwide. He has since performed over 1,000 robotic-assisted knee replacements.
Dr. Sastry is also a pioneer of the direct anterior approach for total hip replacements. He was the first surgeon in the Seacoast to introduce this minimally invasive, muscle-sparing approach back in 2010 and has performed over 1,500 hip replacements!
Dr. Sastry continues to educate and advance the field of robotic surgery through podium presentations, journal publications, and hands-on training.
Voted Top Doctor Award by New Hampshire Magazine, 2020 and 2021
- 1st Master Surgeon of Robotics in the field of orthopedic surgery in New England
- Director of Robotic Surgery at Portsmouth Hopsital
- Voted Top Orthopedic Surgeon by New Hampshire Magazine (2020, 2021)
- Launched New England Baptist Hospital’s MAKO Robotics Training Program
- Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Vitals On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016, 2017, 2018)
- BS Boston University, Boston, MA
- MD Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio
- New York Medical College – General Surgery
- Drexel University College of Medicine – Orthopedic Surgery
- Michael A. Mont Joint Preservation and Reconstruction – LifeBridge Health Sinai Hopsital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
February 21, 2020 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Chair Lecturer)
July 2020 – Boston, MA – Sole Faculty Member to Launch New England Baptist Hospital’s Mako Robotics Program.
February 8, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Chair Lecturer)
March 29, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
May 9, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Mako Champion Program)
June 14, 2019 – Mahwah, New Jersey (Chair Lecturer)
June 21, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Chair Lecturer)
July 26, 2019 – Mahwah, New Jersey
August 9, 2019 – Las Vegas, Nevada
September 13, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Chair Lecturer)
November 14, 2019 – Las Vegas, Nevada
December 6, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Chair Lecturer)
July 27, 2018 – Mahwah, New Jersey
September 28, 2018 – Mahwah, New Jersey (Chair Lecturer)
October 12, 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 9, 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada
December 7, 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The anterior approach allows access to the joint without detaching any muscles around the hip. The muscles are carefully retracted along the internervous plane with the assistance of a specialized “hip table”. This allows the surgeon to minimize any soft tissue trauma to the hip allowing for a faster recovery.
How is this different from other minimally invasive approaches?
Traditional hip surgery splits the gluteus maximus and short external rotator muscles of the hip joint. This requires patients to follow strict “hip precautions” after surgery to prevent dislocation. Hip precautions require patients to not flex the hip beyond 90 degrees. This can make activities such as getting into a car, sitting on a toilet seat, and climbing stairs more challenging. Since the direct anterior approach leaves the muscles undisturbed, hip precautions are not required.
Who is a candidate for surgery?
Patients who have been suffering from arthritis or avascular necrosis may benefit from hip surgery.
Please note that Dr. Sastry is willing to perform the traditional hip replacement procedure if a patient is not an ideal candidate for the anterior approach.
“Had a Total Knee Replacement 6 weeks ago with Dr. Sastry. He took his time and didn’t rush me into having surgery and he made sure I was fully aware of all the possible side effects and complications for someone my age. The surgery and recovery have been AMAZING! I feel like a new woman and can’t wait to be fully recovered and enjoying life AGAIN!”