Written by MASSH
Jan 16, 2024
Are you suffering from nagging pain in your knees that just doesn’t seem to go away? Are you trying to find an “orthopedic doctor near me” online to find a solution for your knee pain? We at MASSH can help you with both. Even though it may sound scary and expensive, knee replacement at MASSH is an easy and affordable surgical procedure that can be a complete solution to your nagging knee problems.
Thanks to our experience working with the top knee specialist in Delhi NCR, we offer complete care services complete with pre and post-surgical care to ensure you can get back to your life with complete knee mobility without the pain and problems that you currently face. Based on your diagnosis from our experienced doctors, you may be suggested to go through one of two types of knee replacement surgeries. What are the two types of knee replacement? Let’s find out.
More than type of knee replacement surgery, there are also different approaches to the surgery, which differ quite extensively. Generally, open surgery and minimally invasive surgery are the two most commonly used approaches to the surgery. However, with the advent of modern technology, doctors now utilize other surgery approaches as well including computer-assisted surgery and the lateral approach.
Just like the type of knee replacement, these approaches also have differing effects on your recovery and the time it takes to perform the surgery. However, these approaches are not independent; they are always connected to the type of surgery you are required to get. So, let’s take a closer look at the different types of knee replacement surgery in Delhi.
Partial knee replacement also known as unicompartmental knee replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing only a part of the knee. This procedure aims to preserve as much of the original healthy bone and soft tissue as possible. This surgery is fairly rare as patients require total knee replacement more commonly compared to partial knee replacement.
The procedure is generally recommended to patients who have osteoarthritis in any one of the three anatomical compartments of the knee. Based on the location of the diseased bone, the procedure involves cutting out the diseased bone while preserving as much of the original bone as possible. Let’s take a detailed look at how the procedure is performed.
This surgery is more commonly performed as a minimally invasive surgery, which can be performed both under local and general anesthesia. The surgeon creates an incision on the knee of the patient and slides the kneecap to the side. From there using special surgical tools, doctors remove the arthritic portion of the knee including the bone and cartilage and replace it with prosthetic parts made from metal or plastic.
This surgery offers a quicker recovery compared to a total knee replacement surgery and can even be a less painful procedure overall, However, it may not be a complete solution to the underlying pain as the original bone is still present in the leg and it is still susceptible to arthritis. In some cases, patients may even be required to go for a total knee replacement again after getting a partial knee replacement surgery once.
Total knee replacement surgery is the traditional method used to surgically treat knee pain. It is the more commonly used procedure as it has higher chances of completely treating the underlying knee pain. Today thanks to the development of advanced medical technology, the prosthetic parts used to replace your knee are almost as good as your actual knee and at MASSH they are even custom-made to your body.
Even though this surgery may seem aggressive, it is very safe and is one of the safest orthopaedic procedures out there. With the right recovery mindset and discipline, you can be back to all your daily life activities as early as 12 weeks after your surgery. For patients who have gone through the recovery process diligently, their implants last as long as 15 to 20 years after the surgery without any problems.
The surgery is performed in four steps. First, the affected bone is identified and prepared for the implant. This is done by cutting off or shaving off the affected areas of the thigh bone and the shin bone along with some parts of their underlying bones. Next, the implants are introduced to the body and put in place. They are secured to your existing bone by either cementing them in place or by press-fitting them to your existing bone.
In the next step, a plastic button is attached underneath the kneecap. In the last step, a plastic spacer is attached between the tibial and femoral metal components. This allows the parts to glide past one another easily, which would mimic the movement of your natural knee. This surgery is heavily dependent on the skill and the experience of the surgeon. So, make sure you get this surgery from only the top hospitals under the guidance of the top knee replacement specialists.
Total knee replacement surgery also has risks involved such as the risk of blood clots. These clots can occur in your legs and travel up the bloodstream to your lungs to cause strokes. The recovery period for this surgery is relatively longer and more tedious, however, going through it diligently is fruitful as these implants easily last 15 to 20 years.
Knee replacement is one of the best ways to treat your knee pain and live your life actively. A transplanted knee is now just as good as your original knee. With the right diagnosis and understanding of your condition, experts can help you choose the knee replacement procedure that is best suited for you. This procedure is now affordable and easily available to most people in the country. To learn more about knee replacement surgery at MASSH, feel free to visit our website or visit us at our premises today.
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