Maxcare: Knee replacement made easy
Maxcare Sports and Arthritis Clinic is Thrissur is one of the hospitals in Kerala which conducts the highest number of knee replacement surgeries. This 35-year-old hospital sees at least two or three such surgeries every day.
What differentiates Maxcare is its modern methodology, used by renowned surgeon Dr Prem Kumar, that ensures patients can walk without support right from the day after the surgery. And they can leave hospital on the second day itself.
Maxcare also has a state-of-the-art stainless steel laminar flow12 HEPA filter operation theatre.
Apart from orthopedic specialists, doctors of cardiology and anesthesia are also part of the team along with experts from related departments.
So, what are the problems that lead to knee replacement and what is this surgery all about?
Osteoarthritis of the knee
It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones on the knee joint wears down over time. When the bones of the joint rub more closely against one another, it results in severe pain.
If medicines and physiotherapy fail to manage the pain, the most effecive solution is knee replacement surgery which is suitable for persons of any age. The surgery replaces surfaces damaged in the knee joint, just like a surgery that replaces the lens in eyes affected by cataract.
Benefits of surgery
For patients who have been suffering severe pain because of osteoarthritis, the surgery offers a second lease of life. They are back to their old life, walking, exercising and traveling as before, and this return to normal life boosts their confidence. This surgery can also rectify problems like a crooked knee too.
How is it done?
Knee replacement surgery is performed in more than one way. Normally, the surgeon cuts the thigh muscle, keeps it to the sides and replaces the damaged surfaces in the knee with artificial ones, and stitch the muscle back again. The incision will be 20-24 cm long, and the muscle will take nearly four weeks to heal. The patient will need a walker to move around during this time.
A new way to do it
The modern methodology uses only a small cut, 9 cm long, for knee replacement. It does not cut the muscle which reduces post-operative pain drastically. Patient can walk without support the next day onwards, and can climb steps within two days. He or she can leave hospital two days after the surgery and return to normal life. Since patients are able to manage on their own, their confidence is enhanced, and it is a big relief for family members too.
Knee replacement surgery
- 20-24 cm long incision
- Cut in the muscle
- 5-7 days’ hospitalization
- Painful recovery
- Expensive procedure
- Only one knee can be replaced at one time
- A walker or walking stick is needed to move around for five weeks after surgery
- Incision smaller than 9 cm
- No muscle is cut
- Patient can leave hospital in two days
- Less pain
- Comparatively less expensive
- Surgery can be done on both knees simultaneously
- No walker or walking stick is required
For details, visit www.kneereplacementkerala.com