The Knee Replacement Surgery Unit at Institute for Bone, Joint Replacement, Spine and Sports Injury is among the leading specialised units of the country and has performed a large number of Knee Replacement Surgeries with a high success rate. The Unit is supported by a team of highly experienced surgeons who understand and evaluate all types of knee conditions to provide comprehensive care for effective and optimal outcomes.
Knee Replacement Surgery is an orthopaedic procedure in which the Knee replacement surgeon replaces the damaged knee joint of the patient with an artificial graft. The knee joint can get damaged due to various reasons such as:
A severe blow to the knee
An underlying medical condition like Osteoarthritis
Rigorous physical activities
The surgery for Knee Replacement requires anaesthesia and the process takes approximately 1 to 2 hours. It is carried out by making an incision on the knee to expose the affected joint and a graft made up of ceramic, plastic, or metallic is fixed in its place.
This graft is created by highly specialised experts to suit the needs of the patient. Knee Replacement Surgery can be performed for either one knee at a time or for both knees simultaneously.
The Knee Replacement Surgery Unit also offers Computer-Assisted Navigated Surgery for Knee Joint Replacement. It is one of the most advanced ways of treating complex orthopaedic conditions with improved outcomes. It allows doctors to obtain real-time feedback during the operation regarding the position of surgical instruments and implants, which is displayed on a monitor. Computer-Assisted Navigation technology helps surgeons in decreasing intra-operative errors and has the potential to improve surgical accuracy and outcomes
The need for Knee Replacement Surgery for any patient is entirely dependent upon the severity of the problem and the way the body is responding to non-surgical treatments. Knee replacement surgeon usually recommends surgery in the following cases:
If the patient experiences stiffness and swelling in the knees even without indulging in rigorous activities
If the patient experiences pain while walking or climbing the stairs
If physiotherapy fails to relieve the pain in the affected area
Knee Replacements surgeries have an excellent success rate of 90-95% with the implant continuing to function well more than 15 years after the surgery. Most patients walk without a cane, most can climb stairs and arise from chairs normally, and most resume their desired level of recreational activities.
At BLK-Max we use the most advanced technology to perform surgery by Computer Navigation which translates into significant improvements in clinical function and may result in the increased long-term survival of the implant. Computer navigation complements the surgeon's skill to provide an unbeatable combination of technique and technology thus ensuring successful surgical outcomes.
Accurate mechanical alignment
Painless post-op recovery and rehabilitation i.e, early resumption of activities of daily living
Less blood loss.
Short hospital stay
Increased implant life
In order to prepare the patients for the surgery, the doctors usually discuss the whole procedure with them. The Knee replacement surgeon may ask the patient to follow specific guidelines that will help to minimise certain complications that can arise during or after the surgery.
Undergo all the required pre-tests as prescribed by the doctor
Inform the doctor about a current medical condition or previous medical history
Ask a family member to accompany the patient on the day of surgery
Arrange for crutches or a wheelchair as one might need them after the surgery
Be both physically as well as mentally prepared for the surgery
The precautionary measures one must take before undergoing a Knee Replacement Surgery are:
Before the Surgery:
A patient must stop taking blood thinning medicine
Avoid excessive drinking and smoking
The knees bear the weight of the whole body; therefore it is important to lose extra body weight as this can put unnecessary strain on the affected area
After the Surgery:
Avoid taking part in exhaustive physical activities
Abstain from smoking and drinking
The toilet seat of the patient must be high
Take all the medicines prescribed by the doctor religiously
A patient must mobilise as must as possible without causing any discomfort
Do not bend the knees unnecessarily
Avoid climbing stairs. If possible shift the room of the patient to the ground floor
Avoid bathing with cold water as it increases the pain
Eat a healthy and nutritious diet as it will help to strengthen the body to cope with post-surgical trauma
One can also opt for physiotherapy as it helps to subside the swelling and inflammation
Knee replacement surgery cost depends on various factors whether it is a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) or Partial Knee Replacement (PKR). A PKR surgery is generally less than a TKR cost.
The cost also depends on the surgery method, implant cost, surgeon’s fee, required lab tests, hospital stay, and any possible post-surgery complications.
The knee replacement surgery cost in India is considerably lower than in developed foreign countries such as the US, the UK, and Singapore. It is why more patients travel to India from abroad for knee replacement surgery.
You can get a cost estimation from your knee replacement doctor before undergoing surgery.
Dr. Bhushan Nariani
Dr. Shivam Tiwari