Frequently Asked Questions
What is Knee Surgery?
Knee Surgery may be recommended by the doctor when there are structural damages to the knee or other conditions such as Osteoarthritis, knee injury, or severe knee pain. Knee Surgery is also recommended when the knee pain is not responding to pain relief treatment. There are different types of Knee Surgery. They are as follows:
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Knee replacement surgery
- Partial Knee replacement surgery
- Patellar tendon repair
- Meniscus repair
- ACL reconstruction
What are the advantages of Knee Surgery?
The following are the advantages of Knee Surgery:
- Relief from the pain
- Improved mobility
- Knee surgery reduces the use of medications
- The success rates are high
- Improved quality of life
What are the indications of Knee Surgery?
Knee Surgery is indicated in the following conditions:
- Knee injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone dysplasia (unusual bone growth)
- Avascular Necrosis (a disorder in which there are insufficient blood supply and death of bone tissue in the knee joint)
- Deformed knee with pain and loss of cartilage
- Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments
- Fractures in the knee
- Swelling of the synovial joint
- Dislocation of the patella
- Torn meniscus
- Baker's cyst
- Pieces of torn cartilage
What is the preparation for Knee Surgery?
The following are the preparation steps involved in Knee Surgery:
- The patient may be asked about their present and past medical history and medication history.
- The doctor may ask the patient to undergo different lab tests before the surgery.
- The patient will be instructed to stop taking medications like warfarin, aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners.
- The patient may be asked to stop eating and drinking for 6-12 hours before the surgery.
What is the post-surgery care/recovery care for Knee Surgery?
The following are the post-care steps to be followed for Knee Surgery:
- After the surgery, the patient will be feeling very drowsy for the next few hours.
- There may be pain and discomfort post-surgery.
- The doctor will prescribe some painkillers to reduce the pain.
- Follow all the instructions given by the doctor without fail.
- If bleeding is seen at the incision site, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
- The patient may be recommended to use temporary splints, clutches, or slings for comfort and protection.
- Physical therapy and some exercises are recommended to strengthen the muscles and help in improving the function of the joint.
- If the symptoms like fever, drainage, pain that is not suppressed by medication, redness or swelling, tingling sensation, etc. are developed; consult your doctor immediately.
- There should be follow-up visits to your doctor once in a while to monitor your condition.
Who can perform Knee Surgery [Right specialist for Knee Surgery]?
Knee Surgery can be performed by a certified and skilled Orthopedic surgeon or an orthopedic doctor who is well experienced in Knee Surgeries.
What is the cost of Knee Surgery?
The cost of Knee Surgery may vary according to the following factors:
- Admission fee
- Doctor fee
- Age of the patient
- Type of Knee surgery
- The medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
Minimum amount to be paid in Chennai starts from Rs.76,000
Average charges in Chennai is approximately Rs.1,90,000
Maximum cost in Chennai rises up to Rs. 3,80,000
Is Knee Surgery a major surgery or minor surgery?
The Knee Surgery can be either minor or major depending on the type of Knee surgery performed.
What is the eligibility criteria for Knee Surgery?
The following are the eligibility criteria for Knee Surgery:
- Individuals who are experiencing pain that cannot be managed with medications or other treatments.
- Individuals who are finding difficulty in performing normal activities for more than 6 months.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Knee Surgery?
The following are the ineligibility criteria for Knee Surgery:
- Overweight or obesity
- Active infection
- Bleeding or clotting disorders
What are the risks and complications associated with Knee Surgery?
The following are the risks and complications involved in the Knee Surgery:
- Blood clots
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
How long does it take to complete Knee Surgery?
The duration of Knee surgery may depend on the type of surgery that is performed. Approximately it may take around 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of procedure performed.
What is the recovery time?
Within a few weeks after the surgery, the patient can go back to light activities or desk work which do not involve much physical strain. The recovery period may vary from one patient to another. It depends on the patient's health condition and the type of surgery that is operated.
What is the success rate of Knee Surgery?
Knee Surgery has about a 90% success rate. The success rate mostly depends on the severity of the injury and medical condition of the patient.
Is Knee Surgery painful?
Every surgical procedure comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain during this process because you will be under anesthesia. There may be some discomfort after the procedure.
Is Knee Surgery permanent?
Knee Surgery is a permanent procedure.
What are the long-term results of Knee Surgery?
The long-term results of Knee Surgery are:
- Symptoms are relieved
- Pain relief
- Improvement in the quality of life
- Active participation in daily activities
Can Knee Surgery be detected in the future?
Knee Surgery can be detected in the future if Knee replacement is performed.
What are the options if Knee Surgery fails?
If Knee Surgery fails the doctor may suggest for revision of the surgery.
What are the alternatives for Knee Surgery?
The following are the alternatives for Knee Surgery:
- Weight management