Frequently Asked Questions
What is Joint Replacement?
Joint Replacement is a surgical procedure in which the damaged or deformed joint is partially or completely replaced with an orthopedic prosthetics. It helps in reducing the pain and disability in moving the knee joint, hip joint and several other joints. This procedure can treat several joint-related diseases. Types of joint replacement are:
- Hip Joint Replacement [Partial and Total]
- Knee Joint Replacement [Partial and Total]
- Shoulder Joint Replacement
- Elbow Joint Replacement
- Finger Joint Replacement
What are the advantages of Joint Replacement?
Advantages of Joint-replacement are:
- Restores the motion and activity of joints
- Improves the quality of life for all ages of patients with restricted joint movement.
- Improves the function of joints
- Reduces joint pain
What are the indications of Joint Replacement?
Joint Replacement is indicated in the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Joint fracture
- Pain and swelling of the joint
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Bone dysplasia (unusual bone growth)
- Perthes disease
- Deformed joint with pain and loss of activity
What is the preparation for Joint Replacement?
- Discuss with the Surgeon regarding all the benefits, risks, and complications associated with the Joint Replacement surgery.
- Stop certain medications and dietary supplements before undergoing this surgery.
- The doctor will do a physical examination to make sure that the patient is healthy and free from infections.
- The patient is advised to consult a physical therapist to learn a few exercises which will help for a speedy recovery after the surgery.
- The patient may be asked to sign a consent form before the surgery.
What are the steps involved in Joint Replacement?
- All the vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels will be monitored by the anesthesiologist.
- The surgical site will be cleansed with the help of an antiseptic solution.
- An incision will be made in the area to be treated.
- Then, the damaged or deformed joint will be removed either completely or partially and replaced with a suitable prosthetics.
- A drain may be used to remove all the fluid from the incision site.
- The muscles are reattached and the incision is closed.
What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for Joint Replacement?
- The patient will be drowsy for the next few hours after the surgery.
- There may be pain and discomfort and if the pain is severe, take the prescribed medicines.
- Make follow-up visits to the doctor to remove sutures and to know if the sutures are healed or not.
Who can perform Joint Replacement [Right specialist type for Joint Replacement]?
Joint Replacement can be performed by a certified and experienced Orthopedic Surgeon.
What is the cost of Joint Replacement in Bangalore?
The cost of Joint Replacement in Bangalore may vary according to the following factors:
- Type of implants used
- Admission fee
- Doctor fee
- Age of the patient
- Type of the surgery
- Health condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Type of hospital
- The admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
Minimum charges in Mumbai starts from Rs.60500
Average cost in Mumbai is approximately Rs.2,42,000
Maximum price in Mumbai may rise up to Rs.7,70,000
Is Joint Replacement a major surgery or minor surgery?
Joint Replacement is major surgery as it involves replacing the damaged joint with a suitable prosthesis.
What is the eligibility criteria for Joint Replacement?
Individuals who can undergo Joint Replacement are those suffering from:
- Restricted joint motion
- Deformed joint
- Swelling at the joint site
- Severe pain at the joint region
- Damage joint
However, the doctor will make a thorough health check-up and examine the joint before asking you to undergo this surgery.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Joint Replacement?
People who cannot undergo Joint Replacement are:
- Individuals whose joint pain can be reduced by anti-inflammatory medicines or pain killers
- People with a poor health condition
What are the risks and complications associated with Joint Replacement?
Risks and complications associated with Joint Replacement are:
- Damage of the healthy bone may occur
- Severe pain at the joint
- Infection at the site of surgery
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage at the site of the surgery
How long does it take to complete Joint Replacement?
Joint replacement may take almost 30 to 90 minutes to complete the procedure and sometimes it may take more than the usual time depending on the medical condition of the patient.
What is the recovery time?
It takes almost 3 to 6 weeks to recover completely from Joint Replacement.
What is the success rate of Joint Replacement?
The success rate of Joint Replacement depends on the following factors:
- Age of the patient
- Type of Joint Replacement
- The medical condition of the patient
- Type of the prosthetics used
However, the success rate of Joint Replacement maybe 90% to 95%.
Is Joint 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 general anesthesia. There may be some discomfort and pain after completion of the procedure.
Is Joint Replacement Permanent?
Joint Replacement is a permanent procedure as it involves replacing the damaged or deformed joint with a suitable prosthesis.
What are the long-term results of Joint Replacement?
- Improves the quality of life of the patient
- Decreased joint pain
- Improves range of motion of joint
Can Joint Replacement be detected in the future?
Due to the presence of scars that are formed near the joint region, Joint Replacement can be found in the future. The artificial prosthesis can be found under an X-ray or MRI scan.
What are the options if Joint Replacement fails?
If Joint Replacement fails, then the doctor may recommend revision surgery.