Knee Replacement

Knee pain is a problem which comes with age . When a person gets old , knee problem is the most common among people . Approx. 19% of the total population is suffering from knee problem worldwide . Surprisingly , women are more than men in percentage as far as knee injury is concerned . Speaking of India , nearly 90% people of age between 60 to 65 years suffer from knee problems , which is quite a high percentage . Knee specialist says that it could be prevent by a proper lifestyle and food habits . If a person regularly do normal exercise related to leg / knees every day , his chances to get knee problems are very low . But , once you get the knee problem it’s not preferable every time to do exercise , it depends on the condition of the knee . In such a situation , a method which is attracting many patient is Knee Replacement .

Knee Replacement is a surgery to get rid of pain and disability from Knee . In this procedure , weight bearing surface are replaced at it’s right place . In general , knee replacement is done for osteoarthritis and other knee related problems like Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis . Orthopedic surgeons often say that if you don’t get the treatment on time for knee replacement it could damage your spine as well . Despite the fact , majority of people couldn’t decide for the Knee Replacement Surgery on time & delay it till the last stage , which deteriorates the situation furthermore .

Risk Factors

There are always a few risk factors in surgical procedures , so are in Knee Replacement Surgery . Few risk factors are –

⁃ The replaced part (Knee Joint) could be loose and needs to be replaced again in future . It could be fixed as intended earlier .

⁃ A few muscles or blood vessels which comes under the surgical path may get injured . It could bring some weakness or swallowing in the replacement part .

⁃ Normal bleeding could happen in some surgeries , which could be the reason of infection as well .

⁃ A risk for fracture is always there in knee injury . It could make the complete procedure start again .

⁃ Blood clots are possible in knee joints . Which could be the reason for continuous pain and stiffness under knee joints .

Key Types of Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial Knee Replacement

In this sort of knee replacement , only the part which is damaged is replaced . Only small incision is required for this surgery . It causes less pain and faster recovery in comparison of Total Knee Replacement Surgery .

Bilateral Knee Replacement

Bilateral Knee Replacement surgery is done when both the knees are replaced at once . That people whose both knees are affected could get benefit out of Bilateral Knee Replacement because it takes less time in the procedures . However , the recovery time is more in Bilateral Knee Replacement Surgery and a patient needs more assistance during this sort of Surgery .

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is done when your knees maximum damaged and unable to move when a person feels extreme difficulty in following normal daily task , daily activities like in sitting and laying down . Total knee replacement is mostly required in osteoarthritis , arthritis and when it’s extreme knee pain . According to a statistics , the Total Knee Replacement is helpful in pain relief in more than 90% of cases .

Cost Comparison

The cost of knee replacement surgery varies between the types of replacement . For an estimate , let we share the average cost of Total Knee Replacement in different countries . For Total Knee Replacement , the average cost is $43,000 in US , which is maximum among all countries and the country having minimum cost is India which is around $7,500 . India has the lowest rates in most of the surgeries & medical treatments around the globe , which makes India most favorable country in the list of Medical Tourism . It costs around $23,000 in UK whereas $18,000 in Mexico and $15,000 in Thailand .

India’s Price (Quora.com)

Total Knee Replacement ₹2,00,000 – 3,80,000
Partial Knee Replacement ₹1,50,000 – ₹2,20,000
Revision Knee Replacement ₹2,00,000 – ₹3,10,000
Bilateral Knee Replacement ₹2,20,000 – ₹3,20,000
Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery ₹1,50,000 – ₹3,50,000
Arthroscopy for trimming ₹1,80,000 – ₹3,00,000
Plica Excision Surgery ₹150000 – ₹3,00,000