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Knee Surgery in India - A Resource Guide
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Knee Replacement Surgery in India - An Overview
Knee replacement surgeries were first done in India in the 1970s. Over the last four decades, Indian hospitals and knee replacement surgeons in India have acquired a great deal of expertise and experience in this procedure. Today, knee replacement surgeons in India are even collaborating with global leaders in knee joints in order to design knee joints that are specifically suited to the anatomy of the people on the sub-continent.
Leading hospitals for knee replacement surgery in India have each performed at least 25,000 joint replacements. There are several knee replacement surgeons in India who have each performed over 10,000 joint replacements. There are not many hospitals and surgeons worldwide who can lay claim to this level of experience.
The large number of knee replacement surgeries in India enables Indian hospitals to offer low-cost knee replacement surgery in India. Further, knee replacement surgery cost in India, is amongst the lowest in the world. What’s more, the best knee replacement hospitals in India have a success rate of over 99%!
Knee Replacement Surgery India - Key Advantages:
Choosing the Right Joint for Your Knee Replacement Surgery in India:
The success of your knee replacement procedure depends on the quality of your surgeon and the operation theatre and -equally importantly- how well suited the implant is for your knee.
There are over 500 different types of joints available for knee replacement surgeries, made from a variety of materials such as stainless steel, titanium or chrome and cobalt alloys or durable plastic (polyethylene). It is very important that your surgeon be able to choose the right design, the right size as well as the right material of construction. Our knee replacement surgeons have great experience built up over the years and make a careful choice of the knee joint best suited for you keeping in mind your age, the quality of your bone, your level of activity and lifestyle, and your associated medical problems.
Today, the best knee replacement hospitals in India also offer patients customised jigs that will be specially made for use during your knee replacement surgery. These jigs will be created specially to suit your exact knee size and shape, thus enabling the perfect and most efficient surgical approach for your knee replacement in India that will allow the procedure to be done with the least possible damage to the tissue in the knee region.
About your Knee Replacement Surgery in India:
Knee replacement surgery in India is performed either under anaesthesia (general, spinal or epidural).
The surgeon makes an incision in front of the knee. The damaged cartilage tissue at the end of the thigh bone and the leg bone (tibia) are removed and the bone surface is smoothened out. In place of the cartilage and bone that has been removed, the surgeon implants metallic components that will restore the function of the joint. The implant can either be fixed in place using orthopaedic cement or it can be slotted firmly in place within the bone structure. Computer navigation techniques are used to achieve very precise alignment during knee replacement surgery in India.
In some cases, the surface below the kneecap may need to be reworked. In order to provide a smooth sliding surface, a special spacer made of medical grade plastic is inserted between the metallic components. While the stated lifetime of an artificial knee joint is 10 to 15 years, there are many patients for whom artificial knee joints have provided good function even 25 years after knee replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery in India can take upto one hour and will require a hospital stay of approximately 5 days. The success rate for total knee replacement surgery at India's best hospitals is 99%.
Knee Replacement surgery cost in India is also significantly cheaper than cost of knee replacement surgery in comparable hospitals in other popular medical tourism destinations. The low cost of Knee Replacement surgery in India is without any compromise on quality or success rate.
Knee Replacement Surgery hospitals in India:
The best hospitals for total knee replacement surgery in India have world-class operation theatres with laminar airflow systems. Many have Class 100 operation theatres, representing a truly high standard of sophistication and safety for the patients. To increase patient safety further, some of the hospitals for knee replacement surgery in India also require surgeons to wear Surgical Spacesuits which ensure that the patient is insulated from any risk posed by the surgeon's close proximity during the procedure.
In addition to the above, India's best hospitals for knee replacement surgery also have image intensification and enhancement systems, computer-aided navigation for high precision surgery, dedicated arthroscopic equipment for performing complex procedures, operating tools and jigs that are customised for the individual patient in order to achieve the highest possible efficiency in surgical incision and placement of implant. Leading hospitals in India for total knee replacement surgery also use the highest quality of implants, like Johnson & Johnson. Also, state-of-the-art bone banks -required in the case of complex revision arthroplasties- are also available at the best hospitals in India for total knee replacement.
India's best knee replacement surgery hospitals offer the most advanced knee surgeries at the most affordable knee replacement surgery cost.
FAQ's for Knee Replacement Surgery / Knee Treatment in India:
How common are Total Knee Replacement Surgeries in India?
Total knee/hip replacement procedures in India were first done more than four decades ago. Since then, the procedure has become commonplace and today about 2000 hospitals across India offer totally replacement surgeries. For foreigners looking specifically for totally replacement surgeries in India it would be advisable to opt for the leading multi-faculty hospitals or super speciality orthopaedic hospitals, which offer the best possible medical environment and where the success rate is on par with international benchmarks.
What is the cost of Total Knee Replacement Surgery in India?
Knee Replacement surgery cost in India is amongst the lowest in the world. The cost of knee surgery in India is about 20% of the cost in the USA. The low cost of Knee Replacement surgery in India is without any compromise on quality or success rate.
How qualified are orthopaedic surgeons in India to perform the replacements?
India's leading medical schools are of international standard in terms of course syllabus, practical orientation and post qualification training. Specialists in orthopaedics have often studied and trained for 10 years or more before they join hospitals in an independent capacity. Several orthopaedic surgeons, who are practising in India today, have dedicated themselves to specialisation in the area of joint replacements alone. This has become possible in view of the large number of patients, both Indian and foreign, who need total knee/hip replacements in India.
It has been documented that some of the orthopaedic surgeons in India have acquired so much expertise and experience with computer navigated surgeries, that a standard total knee replacement procedure takes no longer than 25 minutes in the operation theatre. This speed in completing the procedure is achieved even while meeting global benchmarks in terms of safety, sterility and success rate.
How experienced are joint replacement surgeons in India at knee surgeries?
Leading knee replacement surgeons in India have each performed more than 10,000 joint replacements. There are quite a few who have even gone beyond 15,000 joint replacements. This level of experience can be matched by very few doctors in other countries. Further, a large number of knee replacement surgeons at super speciality orthopaedic hospitals in India have experience working at leading hospitals not only in India but also abroad. Having learnt the latest techniques abroad, these knee surgeons are able to hone their skills further as they treat large numbers of patients at Indian hospitals. It is well known that, on account of their large number of patients, Indian orthopaedic hospitals offer their joint replacement surgeons the opportunity to acquire a great deal of hands-on experience in the shortest possible time. The end result is that doctors working at Indian hospitals are highly qualified and have great experience at handling a wide range of complex knee surgeries.
Do hospitals have specialised equipment for carrying out knee replacements in India?
Yes, the best knee replacement hospitals in India have invested extensively in state of the art equipment for:
Do surgeons perform computer navigated knee replacement surgeries in India?
Yes, computer navigated knee replacement surgeries in India are now the norm at leading hospitals. In addition, orthopaedic hospitals in India also offer custom-designed jigs for use during surgery. These jigs are specially created based on MRI images of the patient's knee. These jigs facilitate knee replacements with the smallest incisions, the least tissue damage and the fastest recovery from surgery.
Do knee replacement hospitals in India have formal Quality Certifications?
Yes, hospitals that offer the best knee replacements in India certainly do have formal Quality Certifications. These may include:
What is the success rate for Total Knee Replacement Surgery in India?
The success rate for total knee replacement surgery at India's best hospitals is 99%. This figure is significantly higher than the international average and speaks volumes about the strides made by India's best hospitals in knee replacements.
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