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What is Knee Replacement?
Knee Replacement/Knee arthroplasty is a surgical procedure used to replace the knee joints with implants and restore the normal joint function of the knees. The bone and cartilages of the knee joints can get damaged during direct or indirect injuries and may be due to disease or conditions like osteoarthritis.
Based on diagnosis/patient condition the following are the types of knee replacement surgeries available:
What are the advantages of Knee Replacement?
The advantages of Knee Replacement are the following:
What are the indications of Knee Replacement?
Knee Replacement is only considered when there are any of the following conditions:
What is the preparation for Knee Replacement?
Before undergoing this surgery your doctor may advise you to follow some instructions:
What are the steps involved in Knee Replacement?
The procedure for Knee Replacement involves the following steps:
Who can perform Knee Replacement [Right specialist type for Knee replacement]?
Knee Replacement is performed by a specialized Orthopedic surgeon or a surgeon who is well experienced in Knee Replacement Surgery.
What is the cost of Knee Replacement?
The expenses for Knee Replacement may vary according to the following factors:
The minimum cost in Hyderabad starts from Rs.1,60,000
The average amount to be paid in Hyderabad is approximately Rs.2,55,152
The maximum cost in Hyderabad is up to Rs.4,00,000
Is Knee Replacement a major surgery or minor surgery?
The Knee Replacement is major surgery. The surgery is recommended when other treatments and medications are no longer effective in treating damaged bones and joints of the knee.
What is the eligibility criteria for Knee Replacement?
Knee Replacement is mainly indicated to individuals with conditions like:
What is the ineligibility criteria for Knee Replacement?
The Knee Replacement procedure is not recommended for the
What are the risks and complications associated with Knee Replacement?
There are few risks and complications involved in the Knee Replacement surgery and few of them are the following:-
How long does it take to complete Knee Replacement?
Knee Replacement surgery may take almost 1-3 hours to complete and sometimes it may take more than the usual time depending on the condition of the patient.
What is the recovery time?
Most of the patients who undergo Knee Replacement are able to do their daily activities within six  weeks and may take 6 months to 1 year for a full recovery.
What is the success rate of Knee Replacement?
The Knee Replacement is a very successful surgery with over 95% of success rate and high patient satisfaction.
Is Knee Replacement painful?
Every surgery 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.
Is Knee Replacement Permanent?
Knee Replacement is a permanent procedure used to replace the damaged knee caps with implants made of either metal or plastic to restore the normal function of the knee.
What are the long-term results of Knee Replacement?
The following are the long term goal for individuals who had undergone knee replacement surgery:
Can Knee Replacement be detected in the future?
Knee Replacement can be detected in the future by surgical scars on the knee and X-ray images of the knee joint.
What are the options if Knee Replacement fails?
There may be a chance for knee replacement failure due to the infection, loss of range of motion, improper placement of implants, bone loss. A revision surgery or a second knee replacement surgery may be required as per the doctor advice.
What are the alternatives for Knee Replacement?
Treating knee pain with medications should be the priority rather than knee replacement surgery. So, some of the alternative treatments for knee pain are the following:
If the pain is more severe and persistent, then consult your doctor for advice to choose the best option to relieve the pain and to treat the restricted knee movement.