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.