Bilateral knee replacement

Bilateral knee replacement

A bilateral knee replacement is recommended when a patient suffers from severe arthritis, causing pain and stiffness in both the knees. Traditionally, knee replacement surgery is done on one knee at a time but with the help of advanced technology, we offer knee replacement surgeries on both the knees simultaneously. The surgery involves replacing the damaged parts of the knee joint with a three-piece prosthesis made of metal and plastic.

How is it performed?

  • The surgery begins with the administration of general anaesthesia through an intravenous (IV) line placed in the arm.
  • The surgical area is then sterilised with an antiseptic.
  • The surgeon makes an incision on the knee and gently removes the surface of the knee joint (both the upper and lower bone) that is damaged or worn out.
  • The two-pieces metal prosthesis is then placed — one at the end of the upper bone and the other at the top of the lower bone.
  • These pieces are secured with bone cement — a special cement that lasts for up to 25 to 30 years.
  • Next, a plastic prosthesis is placed between the two metal pieces, completing the three-piece knee joint prosthesis. The plastic piece acts as a cushion to facilitate smooth movement of the new joint.
  • Once the replacement is complete, the incision is closed with surgical staples or stitches and the surgical area is dressed with a sterile bandage.

Post surgery, the patient begins rehabilitation and begins walking from the very next day.

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