Only 7 Computer Navigated Partial Knee Replacement Surgeries have been performed till date in India and Sakra World Hospital is the first in South India and the only hospital other than AIIMS, Delhi to use this novel technique for treatment
Bengaluru: India is currently the second largest hub of osteoarthritis in the world. The number of patients in India is estimated to touch 60 million people nationally by the year 2025 and to become the world capital of osteoarthritis commonly known as wear and tear disease. About 20 years ago, the condition was noted to affect only those above the age of 65, but as per various studies today it is diagnosed in patients between the age group of 35-55.
Osteoarthritis in severe conditions results in complete disability of the knee and can leave the person bed ridden. Traditionally, the first step of treatment was to administer the patient with strong dose of pain killers to relive the pain temporarily. If the pain was not relieved even post medication and physiotherapy the only option was to undergo Total Knee Replacement Surgery. It is estimated that only 10% of Indians undergo TKR procedure due to the fear of late recovery and post recovery pain.
The latest procedure which has revolutionized the future of
Knee replacement surgeries is Partial Knee Replacement also
Known as UNICONDYLAR (PARTIAL) KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY using COMPUTER NAVIGATION. “Partial Knee Replacement Surgery replaces only the diseased part of the joint, and it is performed through a small incision, and involves less bone and soft tissue dissection. The technique used reduces the blood loss and also the risk of medical complications. The other benefits of the technique include minimal pain post operation and significant reduction of post-operative rehabilitation” said Dr. Chandrashekar. P, Senior Consultant & HOD – Orthopaedics, Sakra World Hospital.
Most studies have suggested that the recovery range of motion in patients who have Undergone Partial Knee Replacement is much faster when compared with patients who have undergone Total Knee Replacement. The technique of computer navigated partial knee replacement is relatively new in India. The technique was recently launched in India in AIIMS, Delhi and only seven surgeries have taken place, five out of which have been performed in AIIMS and two at Sakra World Hospital which is the first in South India.
A 52 year old housewife from Dhanbad, Jharkhand suffering from osteoarthritis, who was treated at Sakra World Hospital is the first person in South India to be treated by Computer Navigated Partial Knee Replacement. As a result of her condition she had severe pain her right knee joint, which progressed over time leaving her unable to perform her normal routine. Due to the inefficiency of medication and physiotherapy, surgery remained the only viable option. The doctors at Sakra after assessing her condition suggested Computer Navigated Partial Knee Replacement instead of TKR surgery performed elsewhere.
Computer Navigated Partial Knee Replacement is an attractive option for both the younger generation and the elderly. With more number of youngsters found suffering from ageing ailments, Computer Navigated Partial Knee Replacement becomes a good option. The beauty of the procedure is its adaptability to the Indian cultural requirements of squatting and sitting cross legged. It also helps in preservation of your natural bone and tissue with more ideal patient specific positioning, thereby giving a natural feel.