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Pittsburgh Orthopedic Knee Surgeon

Total & Partial Knee Replacement & ACL Reconstruction for Athletes

Whether it’s the result of a sports-related injury, age-related degeneration, wear and tear over time, or another traumatic injury, knee pain and loss of mobility can be extremely debilitating, getting in the way of everyday life as well as the athletic activities you love. If long-term relief has evaded you and conservative therapies are no longer helpful, you might consider knee surgery as the next step to ensure long-term results and a return to normal life.

As one of the best knee replacement surgeons in Pittsburgh, Dr. Rytel is fully equipped to help you make a full, effective, long-term recovery from your knee injury or condition as quickly as possible. Using a patient-first, one-on-one approach, Dr. Rytel will work directly alongside you to determine the best course of action that addresses your individual condition, as well as your unique recovery goals. He’ll then provide consultation for the duration of your treatment and recovery, ensuring that you always have support at every step of the way.

No one should have to be sidelined from life or from sports by a knee injury. That’s why Dr. Michael Rytel is proud to offer his services as one of the top knee surgeons near Pittsburgh, PA If you need a knee specialist in Pittsburgh who will diagnose your condition with accuracy and provide one-on-one, compassionate care from that point onward, don’t wait for your pain to worsen to make the call. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Rytel today.


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ACL Reconstruction &  Knee Ligament Surgery

If you’re in chronic knee pain and it’s started to show detrimental effects on your everyday life, you may have already begun considering knee surgery as a long-term solution. Knee surgery isn’t for everyone, and less invasive treatments are often available for conditions that aren’t severe. However, if your knee pain is truly becoming debilitating or affecting the way you live, it’s time to call Dr. Rytel for a consultation. 

If you’re not sure your knee pain puts you in a position where surgery might be helpful, use the following checklist as a gauge. Knee surgery might be helpful to you if:

  • You’ve sustained a serious injury to your knee
  • Your knee pain is chronic and won’t go away
  • You’ve already been diagnosed with knee arthritis
  • You’ve lost mobility and your range of motion is compromised
  • Your knee pain has changed the way you behave
  • You find yourself adjusting your life to accommodate your knee pain

If these conditions sound familiar, Dr. Rytel can help you. As an orthopedic specialist in knee surgery, and conditions of the knee, Dr. Rytel has the experience and specialized training to help you restore your movement and return to daily life as normal. If you’re ready to live pain free, schedule an appointment with one of the best orthopedic knee surgeons in Pittsburgh today.

Pittsburgh's Best Knee Replacement Surgeon

In addition to sports-related or trauma-related injuries, your knee pain may also be a result of one of several types of knee arthritis. Some of the most common types of arthritis that affect the knees include:

  • Degenerative arthritis, which occurs over time as a result of natural wear and tear.
  • Post traumatic arthritis, which can develop out of an injury to your knee.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an immune disorder resulting in eros ion of your joints.

If you suspect that arthritis may be causing your hip pain, discomfort or loss of motion, the best way to determine if this is the case is to consult an orthopedic knee specialist like Dr. Rytel. During your first appointment, Dr. Rytel will conduct a thorough examination to rule out any other causes before landing on arthritis as the ultimate source of your symptoms.

When left untreated, arthritis can result in serious debilitation and a severe negative impact on your overall quality of life. It’s important to address any potential knee arthritis symptoms as soon as possible, so if you believe you may be living with arthritis, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rytel, receive a diagnosis, and begin your treatment plan today.


Meet Dr. Rytel!

Provider, Michael Rytel, MD

Michael Rytel, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist
['Orthopaedic Surgery', 'Sports Medicine']
['Brackenridge, PA', 'Shadyside, PA']

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common sports-related injuries of the knee?

Some of the most common sports-related knee injuries Dr. Rytel treats include:

  • Knee tendinitis
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Knee fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn ligaments, including ACL

What non-sports-related conditions can you treat?

Dr. Rytel can also help with treatments for non-sports related knee conditions, including the following and more:

  • Post traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative arthritis

Dr. Rytel can help you determine the precise source of your knee pain during your initial consultation.

Will I need physical therapy after my knee surgery?

The answer is yes, without exception! Physical therapy is essential to making a full, effective, and quick recovery after any orthopedic surgery, including surgery for conditions of the knee. This is especially true if your ultimate goal is to return to playing a sport after a sports-related injury. 

What can I do to recover quickly from knee surgery?

The best way to ensure that you make a full, speedy recovery is to follow all instructions given to you by Dr. Rytel after your surgery, including fully completing all of your prescribed physical therapy sessions. It’s also helpful to perform exercises at home as instructed by Dr. Rytel, especially if your goal is to return to playing a particular sport. Dr. Rytel can help guide you in performing these exercises, as will your physical therapist.