Knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty is done to replace the weight-bearing area of the knee to reduce pain and improve function. It is of two types - total and partial.
Knee replacement surgery India has always shown utmost satisfaction in most of the patients. It has worked very well in cases where non-surgical treatments like anti-inflammatory medications or knee joint injections failed. It has reported providing long-term benefits, providing pain relief and enhancing function. Normally, it takes 1-3 months for the patient to be able to walk normally without any aids. In a few cases, it may take up to 6 months.
The cost of knee replacement surgery in India is highly variable across the country. However, the average cost revolves around USD 4200.
If the patient takes good care and follows all the post-operative instructions, he/ she may be able to resume back to the normal function.
The post-operative instructions may include-
Start the physical movement of the leg as soon as possible after the surgery.
The patient may use aids like crutches or canes for first few weeks. Gradually, he/she will be able to walk without any help.
Exercise must be done at least for 2 months after the surgery, as advised by the physical therapist.
Take all the medications as advised.
There may be mild to moderate swelling for 3-6 months after the surgery; the patient is advised to do compression with ice packs and elevating the legs.
However, many physical, social and psychological factors along with the surgical technique and post- operative care affects the quality of life of the patient.
Some of those factors include:
Obesity- For several years, it was believed that obese people tend to have more difficulties than normally-weighed people. They may have more chances of infection or difficulty in breathing. However, recent researches indicate that the success rate of knee arthroplasty is remains almost same for both obese and normally-weighed people.
Advanced age- In some cases, in which people are too old, their body is unable to adapt and cope up with the changes. It is not able to accept the foreign material without an immune reaction. This may cause hindrance in the success of knee replacement.
Surgery at a later stage- If you get too late for the surgery or if you had been delaying it for a long time, this might become the reason for partial recovery or persistence in the knee pain.
In most of the cases, patients are able to resume back to their work (sedentary jobs) within 4-6 weeks of the surgery. Having said that, each individual case is different from one another. Its success or failure highly relies on the complexity of the case, the medical fitness of the patient and extent of optimism. The best hospitals for knee replacement in India are available, that assure the success of the surgery.
67- year-old Mohammed Sharifa Ali Obaid from Yemen, had arthritis and needed a bilateral knee replacement. She contacted Vaidam and soon her surgery was done by Dr.Jatinder Jaggi at Max super specialty hospital, Gurgaon. She told her case manager that she had been a florist and she loved to walk in open fields. To her surprise, the surgery for successful. She described it as “nothing short of a miracle”. We contacted her recently and found out that she has resumed back to walking in the open fields.