Knee replacement, also called Arthroplasty or total knee replacement, is a surgical procedure to ease the pain caused by severe arthritis or injury. During surgery, an orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged articular surface of the knee and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal and polymer. The artificial joint is then attached to the thigh bone, shin, and kneecap with a special material such as acrylic cement. It’s a safe, effective procedure that can help you feel and move better.
Osteoarthritis is the main reason why people opt for knee replacement surgery. This is a common age-related condition and occurs when cartilage -- the cushion between the knee and the bone joints -- breaks down.
Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the lining of the knee.
Deformities people with bowed legs or ‘knock-knees’ opt for surgery to restore the position of the knee.
Knee injuries due to broken bone or torn ligaments causing irreversible damage, pain and limiting your movement.
Your orthopedic surgeon at FirstCure Health will:
Ask about your symptoms, to judge the severity and how long you’ve had them.
Your medical history will be taken to assess your overall health.
Your knee motion, strength and stability will be checked.
Your knee is X-rayed to help the surgeon understand how much your knee is damaged.
Knee replacement is the solution if you have severe knee pain and medications and therapy aren’t helping. FirstCure Health offers sessions to help you prepare for knee replacement surgery by make you understand what to expect before and after surgery. You will also be discussed rehabilitation prior to your surgery.
Your surgeon will order:
Blood and other diagnostic tests
Electrocardiogram to ensure that your heart is strong enough for surgery
Physical exam to make ensure you’re fit for surgery
Inform the surgeon if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications or latex
Inform about all medications (prescribed and over-the-counter) you are taking
Main types of knee replacement surgery are:Total knee replacement is the most common where the surgeon replaces the surfaces of the thigh bone and shin bone which connects to the knee.
Knee replacement surgery is a very precise operation taking 1 to 2 hours and the surgeons can choose from a variety of knee designs to suit the patient’s height, weight, and activity level. The implants are made from a variety of materials, including metal, ceramic, or polymer to allow easy movement.
Knee replacement requires a stay in a hospital and the procedures may vary depending on your condition. Knee replacement surgery is performed under regional anesthesia.
Place the knee implant and position it properly.
Secure the implant into place using surgical cement.
Insert a piece of polymer that creates a smooth, gliding surface between the metal parts of the implant.
Close the incision with stitches or surgical staples.
After the surgery you will be taken to the recovery room for observation to ensure you wake up from the anesthesia without complications. Here, your vital signs and pain level will be monitored.
It is important to begin moving the new joint after surgery. A physio therapist will visit you soon after your surgery and plan an exercise program for you. A continuous passive motion (CPM) machine will be used to begin the physical therapy. This machine moves your new knee joint through its range of motion while you are resting in bed. Your pain will be controlled with medication so that you can participate in the exercise. You will be given an exercise plan to follow both in the hospital and after discharge. After discharge and you will be asked to continue physical therapy until you regain muscle strength and motion.
Once you are home, it is important to keep the surgical area clean and dry.
The stitches or surgical staples will be removed during a follow-up visit.
Elevate your leg to reduce swelling or apply ice to the knee.
Take a pain reliever for soreness or as recommended. Take only the recommended medications.
Notify us at FirstCure Health in case of to report any of the following:
Redness, swelling, bleeding, or other drainage from the incision site
Increased pain around the incision site
You may resume your normal diet unless advised differently.
You should not drive until your recover fully, activity restrictions may apply.
Full recovery from the surgery takes months.
It is important that you avoid falls after your knee replacement surgery, because a fall can result in damage to the new joint.
Your may be recommend a cane or walker to help you walk until you regain strength and balance.
Notify us at FirstCure Health in case of any of the following:
Proper handrails along all stairs
Safety handrails in the shower or bath
Shower bench or chair
Raised toilet seat
Long-handled sponge and shower hose
Reaching stick to grab objects
Remove loose carpets and electrical cords that may cause you to trip
Avoiding stair-climbing until your doctor says so
Your doctor may give you additional instructions depending on your particular situation.
We understand that a surgery need can be stressful that’s why we want you to focus only on getting better and leave everything else to us. We simplify your surgery experience by bringing together:
We have some of the best surgeons who are highly reputed, skilled with most modern procedures and have atleast 10 years of experience. You can be rest assured of being in safe hands at all times.
We use the most advanced surgical procedures like laser, laparascopic and other minimal invasive procedures to ensure most convenient treatments, faster recovery and best results.
Our services are reasonably priced to make them accessible to the masses. We offer multiple payment options, no cost EMIs, discounted diagnostics tests while supporting a wide range of insurance policies.
FirstCure Assistant will assist you at every step from booking consultations, second opinions, arranging diagnostic tests, insurance approvals and related paperwork, admission to discharge and post-surgery follow-up consultation.
At FirstCure, our mission is to make your recovery process as simple, safe, care-filled and affordable as possible. Here’s how:
As each ailment requires a unique approach, get the right guidance from expert doctors and diagnostics to determine the surgical treatment.
Choose one of the FirstCure network hospitals and package curated for every budget and the day of surgery.
The access to advanced technology and doctor’s with in-depth surgical experience will ensure a fast recovery. Make use of our post-surgery free consultations for greater satisfaction for a smooth transition to your routines.
To schedule an appointment, you can either call us or send us an email at email@example.com. Our team will assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of FirstCure specialist doctors based on your medical condition.
FirstCure Counsellor will discuss and understand your condition and help you in planning your OPD and will connect you with the best surgeon based on your needs. Basis the Consultation with the surgeon, our Counsellor will guide you in choosing the best treatment option, package and hospital.
FirstCure only offers elective surgical procedures in various specializations which can be planned and scheduled in advance to take place on a particular day. It does not provide any kind of emergency services or equipped to handle trauma situations.
Yes, FirstCure Counsellor will assist you in consulting with the surgeons online through a call from anywhere and discuss their health condition. Basis the discussions, our doctor may prescribe the necessary medication and diagnostic tests.
Absolutely, FirstCure Counsellor can arrange a second opinion from one of its expert doctors. The appointment process will work similarly to how a new consultation happens. The doctor will review your case history (prescriptions, medications, test reports etc.) and confirm the treatment or recommend an alternative course. We can also arrange a second opinion from another FirstCure doctor after consultation with one of our doctors.
Your dedicated FirstCure Assistant will assist you at every step from organizing the surgery, handling insurance approvals and related paperwork, admission to discharge formalities and post-surgery follow-up consultation.
Our partner hospitals have a large variety of insurers empaneled with them because of which we are able to support cashless treatments in most of the cases. If you have a health insurance coverage for your surgery, depending on the insurance type and terms and conditions of the policy, we will assist you in all the paperwork required for cashless approvals and reimbursements. We ensure that the maximum possible amount gets approved and quickly.
No, FirstCure does not own or operate any hospital. It has partnered with hospitals which have the infrastructure to support our modern treatments where FirstCure surgeons perform the surgeries.