Unlike what the name suggests, only the worn out surface of the bones is shaven, reshaped and resurfaced with a metal and plastic implant.
If you are above 55 years old with severe pain or deformity in your knees, if you are not relieved by routine painkillers and physiotherapy, if x-rays show severe degenerative changes and if you are severely incapacitated in your daily chores, you should consider undergoing a knee replacement surgery. In some cases it has to be done earlier also if the knees are badly worn out.
Not at all !! It is a very quick (avg. 20-30 minutes) surgery, minimal or no postoperative pain, minimal blood loss, with rapid recovery where the person walks the next day and is discharged on the 4-5th day. He or she might use a walker or stick for the first few days. The modern implants have a life of 25-30 year.
Pick a surgeon whom you trust, one who has extensive experience and performs this operation on a routine basis. The hospital should also have a modern OT and back up facilities. Try getting this surgery while you are still mobile. Dr. MS Narula is a Senior Joint replacement surgeon, at Apollo Clinic, Chandigarh, and has more than 18 years of experience in performing routine and complicated Hip and Knee replacement surgeries.
The patient can go home the next day itself or usually discharged on the 4-5th day depending upon the recovery progress.
With the advancement of technology and computerized techniques, it is one of the safest surgeries with predictable results.
Sports Injuries are injuries that occur while playing Sports or exercising. There are two types of sports injuries: acute and chronic.
Increased pain in joints, swelling, muscle sprain & strain and loss of range of motion are the most common symptoms.
You must warm up your muscles before playing any sport by indulging in some gentle exercises for at least 10-15 minutes. Also, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated before, during and after playing sports.
If the pain gets worse or you face difficulty in moving the injured area, you should book an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible. Get in touch with Dr. MS Narula - one of the best Orthopedic Surgeons in Chandigarh for sports injury management and joint replacement surgeries.
It might vary, depending upon the seriousness of the injury. If it’s a minor injury, then it will take 4-5 days only but a major injury might require 2-3 months to recover fully.
It's an age related degenerative joint disease of the hip with some additional contributory factors like an old injury, overweight and prolonged alcohol and steroid use. The exact cause is, however, unknown. It causes pain in the groin, thigh or even knee. Person suffering from osteoarthritis has difficulty in walking and there is stiffness, especially on getting out of bed and after prolonged sitting.
Apart from history and detailed clinical examination, a routine X-ray is mostly sufficient to diagnose a hip osteoarthritis.
The main goal of treatment is to improve the persons’ mobility and lifestyle. Treatment plans can involve rest and joint care, cane in opposite hand to offload the joint, losing excess weight, exercise, analgesics to relieve pain, complementary therapies and finally surgery.
Hip is a ball and socket joint. Ball is located at the top of the thigh bone. A total hip replacement involves replacing the damaged ball with a metal ball and the socket is resurfaced with a metal liner and plastic liner, in most of the cases. The implant can be fixed with or without the use of a bone cement depending on the age of the patient and the bone quality.
One can usually stand up the next day after surgery with the help of a walker. Full weight bearing can vary from the 3rd day up to 3 months depending upon the kind of implant and bone quality.
Hip replacement is a very safe surgery and with the newer implant materials and bigger size of the metal ball, the expected life of the joint is 20-25yrs and one can even sit cross-legged which wasn't possible with older implants.
Knee replacement being the more commonly and easier done procedure, we get to hear about knee replacement surgeons more than hip replacement ones. Choose a dedicated joint replacement surgeon whom you trust for the right advice, one who has a vast experience in doing these difficult hip replacement surgeries and last but not the least, choose a hospital which has complete back up facilities. Dr MS Narula Is a senior Joint replacement surgeon with more than 15 years of vast experience in adult reconstructive surgeries.