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Here are all the things you should know before getting a knee replacement in India

By Ezaz Rahaman

Updated on 04th, Jan'22

Knee being the largest joint and the busiest in its own function often becomes problematic in its working course which can bother you in your daily chores & on prolongation, it can be very painful, where even medication, home remedies, exercises everything seems to be a mere fail, and you may have become the victim of the demon “osteoarthritis”.

 

Naturally, it’s a haunting situation where you can also injure other parts of the body where you can develop the conditions like lower backache, lumbar spasm, etc. in trying to release some pressure from your knee.

 

But don’t worry there are solutions to this problem which can cure it completely either by medication & exercise or by surgery. And nowadays,  surgeries have become very efficient after the discovery of new technology of Minimal invasive technique, which has made this condition highly curable & this technique is not used by many countries but still, you can be treated via this technique in the countries like the USA, UK, India & some more but when it comes to affordability then knee replacement surgery cost in India is highly affordable – having been fully completed in between 2,00,000 to 3,50,000  is quite worthy & also when you opt for knee replacement in India, you can get plenty of options in terms of knee replacement surgeons, hospitals & facilities.

 

So before going further into the details of the treatment, you first need to know about the different signs you will get in different conditions & what may have happened to your knee with stages & who needs surgery?

 

So here are the various stages of your knee condition with some general treatment generally used by the doctors –

  • Stage 0: In this stage your bone health is normal & it is considered in the safe arena on the scale of healthiness.
  • Stage 1: Under this stage, we can find the minor bone spur growth towards the knee joint, although you won’t experience any pain & discomfort and it can be cured by medication supplements like glucosamine & chondroitin and routine exercises. This will reduce the progression of arthritis.
  • Stage 2: This stage is considered as the mild stage of osteoarthritis & we can find the greater bone spur growth but the cartilage is usually at a healthy size & the bones are still at a proper distance but the symptoms will start to show up in this stage like pain in the knee after long walks, you can feel stiffness & tenderness too. So it’s a wake-up call for you to see a doctor where doctors can still cure it via therapies & medications.
  • Stage 3: At this stage, osteoarthritis has climbed a level up to moderate & the cartilage between the bones has obvious damages & the cartilage has got reduced to its minimal size and you will feel the pain while walking, kneeling, bending & running. Here the therapies may give you the desired result and doctors may have to switch to viscosupplements & narcotics medicine like cortisone but the narcotic medicines are harmful in the long run.
  • Stage 4: This stage is considered to be critical & here you will feel severe discomfort in your knees & every medication & therapy options will generally fail. So its an alarm for the surgery.

 

Coming to the different types of surgery, there are 3 major basic kinds of knee replacement, depending on the damage.

  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Custom Knee Replacement

 

And to analyze the condition the doctors will follow some of the minimal checklists & then the treatment will follow according to the situation.

  • Complete history and physical examination of the candidate.
  • X-ray examination to assess the total amount of damage caused.
  • Blood tests are also done to prevent inflammatory arthritis.

 

So as stated above, knee replacement is not that painful & unreliable as it was previously, the only thing is that you need to be cautious about the different signs your knee gives and the rest will be handled during careful examination & proper remedy done by a good doctor.

Question and Answers (161)

My father is 80 yrs old and is on blood thinner medicines as he has undergone valve replacement surgery of heart. he now wants to go for knee replacement surgery as he cannot walk due to pain. Please guide if he can go for it and is it safe for him. Thank you

Asked anonymously on 18th May, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Yes. Of course he can go for knee replacement surgery. For this blood thinner has to be stopped 5 days before and should be replaced with some other medicine and after 5 days surgery can be done very successfully. This surgery is very safe and rewarding.

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Dr. Jyoti Prakash

What causes thigh pain after hip replacement?

Asked anonymously on 9th May, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Data from studies indicate that thigh pain is a significant complication after successful cementless total hip replacement surgery. In most cases, reported symptoms are mild to moderate, resolve spontaneously or do not progress, and require little or no therapeutic intervention.

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Dr. Rajat Jangir

What to expect 5 months after knee replacement?

Asked anonymously on 27th April, 2022 at 4:13 pm

Regarding what to expect 5 months after knee replacement - If there are no complications then you can work freely as per your wish.

 

But after knee replacement, some patients do not recover as quickly as others. Consider the following:

  • Patients who conducted knee-strengthening activities before surgery have a better chance of recovering faster.
  • It may take longer recovery time for those patients who are older, smoke, or have other medical concerns.

Note: Although deviations from the "normal" recovery timeframe is not always expected, but such fluctuations are usually acceptable as long as the patient, doctor, and physical therapist continue to collaborate in the pursuit of a complete recovery.

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Dr. Dilip Mehta

Which movements cause dislocation after hip replacement

Asked anonymously on 19th April, 2022 at 1:14 pm

The movements which cause dislocation after hip replacement are:

a. Bending and leaning forward 
b. Sitting on low chairs, low bed, low toilets.
c. Crossing the knees
d. Lifting knee higher than your hip.

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Dr. Hanisha Ramchandani

How to treat shoulder dislocation

Asked anonymously on 19th April, 2022 at 1:13 pm

Shoulder dislocation requires quick medical attention so that the dislocation can be assessed and joint space is reduced.
Shoulder dislocation causes damage to soft tissues, 
Acupuncture helps in reducing the inflammation and pain caused due to dislocation and it plays an important role in promoting soft tissue healing.
Acupuncture anaesthetic points, Local and general body points together help to heal the dislocated shoulder. Electro Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Acupressure and Seed therapy combined with medical aid helps to quicken the total recovery time.

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