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Top 15 FAQs On Total Knee Replacement Surgery

January 3, 2017

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1. What is Arthritis of the Knee?

Arthritis is the inflammation of Joints. The commonest form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis which is the wear and tear of the cartilage and bones.  If the knee joints are affected by arthritis, it is known as Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Once the cartilage cushion gets damaged, pain is the major symptom, severely affecting the mobility of the patient. Eventually, it may require total replacement for pain relief and regaining mobility of the knee.

2. Stages of Arthritis:

Early, Mild, Moderate, and Severe

3. Pre-requisites for diagnosis:

Good X-ray report, proper standing (vein strain assessment)

4. What are the remedies? Total Replacement of Knee is necessary?

Total Knee Replacement is suggested depending on the severity of patient’s Knee condition

5. What is Total Knee Replacement?

It is a surgical procedure which consists of removing, reshaping and resurfacing of the roughened bones and implantation of new joint. The artificial implanted joint will be fixed using bone cement

6. At what age Knee Replacement is ideal or Safe?

Above 45 + years except for Trauma

7. Is it possible to have Bilateral Knee Surgery( Both Knees at the same time)

Yes. Depending on the need, the doctor/s will recommend. If both the knees require replacement, it is most ideal to undergo Bilateral TKR. The patient can recover on both knees simultaneously

8. What is Zero Technique in TKR?

Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery with minimum of every invasive step is called “O” Zero Technique.  This process innovation is invented by Dr. Vikram I. Shah, the world renowned Knee Surgeon of Shalby Hospital, Ahmedabad which revolutionized the Knee Replacement surgery with advantages like:

  • Reduced surgical time of 8 to 10 minutes!
  • Minimal incision( cut) which results in less blood loss, reduced intake of medicines and faster recovery
  • Reduced stay at hospital
  • Assisted Walk after 2 hours of the surgery
  • Less burden and anxiety to patients and relatives alike

9. Is this operation painful? How long will the pain last?

This operation is as painful as any other operation. Your pain will be kept under control by a team of pain management consultants       (Anesthetists) with the help of oral or intravenous medicines.  On special occasions, nerve blocks will be used to reduce pain

10. When can I resume my day to day activities?

Your progress after going home will be roughly as follows:

  • After going home on the 4th day after surgery you will be asked to walk in the house for 4 to 5 times a day
  • The stitches on the operative wound will be removed on the 14 to 16th day after surgery
  • Other activities like swimming, driving a car or riding a two-wheeler and kitchen work are permitted after 4  to 6 weeks
  • If your office work is of sedentary nature, you may start working for weeks after your operation

11. When can I Travel?

You can take short flight, 4 days post surgery, long flight can be taken  post 15 days

12. Do I need to carry a medical certificate of Implants while traveling?

It is ideal to carry a medical certificate issued by the hospital while taking a flight or getting through security checks, anywhere

13. What games or sports can I play?

You may play golf, walk briskly or swim.  Light weight lifting is allowed

14. What should I avoid to protect my new artificial joint?

You should not sit on the floor.  You may sit cross-legged but on a bed or a surface which is at a higher level than the floor

15. Do I need to replace the Implant after 15 to 20 years?

An Implant will last normally for 15 to 20 years. There are choices available as well, to select an implant. At Shalby, the surgeon will recommend the most appropriate one for your conditions during the consultation

For More Details, please call: By: Dr. Bharat Gajjar Director, Outpatient Services Shalby Hospitals, Ahmedabad + 91 98244 10890

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