Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure for the replacement of a knee joint affected by arthritis. Usually, this procedure is adopted only in the cases where other methods like reduction of weight, exercising and medication have not yielded any result. Total knee replacement procedure has been found to be a very successful surgical procedure with more than 95% success rate for the next 10 years from the date of surgery.
Dr.Biren Nadkarni is one of the very few knee replacement surgeons in India who practises the technique of joint replacements with high success rates .
In America 6, 76, 000 persons are undergoing this surgery every year whereas the number of such surgeries in the U.K is 60,000. Statistics of total knee replacement surgeries in India are not available now. They are being taken and will be ready shortly.
There are two methods available for total knee replacement. One is the traditional way of open surgery in which an incision of around 8 inches long is made. Hospital stay for traditional surgery will be around 3 to 5 days. A recovery period of one month to three months is required for complete recovery during which the patient can walk with the help of a walker or a cane.
This is a new technique in which a minimal incision of around 4 inches length only is required to be made and the most important quadriceps muscles are spared from the trauma of the surgery. The recovery time of this surgery is very less. The patients are required to walk with the help of a cane or walker for a period of one or two weeks only. This new approach reduces the recovery and the rehabilitation period.