10 Frequently Asked Questions On Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

FAQs on TKR

1. What is Total Knee Replacement (TKR)?

  • Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure which consists of removing, reshaping and resurfacing of the roughened bones and implantation of new joint.

2. What is the ideal average age for a knee replacement?

  • The ideal average age for knee replacement is 45 + years except for Trauma.

3. Is it possible to have Bilateral Knee Surgery (both knees at the same time)?

  • Yes. It is possible to have Bilateral knee surgery, it will done depending on the situation, the doctors will recommend, if both the knees require replacement, then it is most ideal to undergo Bilateral TKR.

4. What is Zero Technique in TKR?

Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery with minimum of every invasive step is called “O” Zero Technique. This process innovation is invented by Dr. Vikram I. Shah, the world renowned knee replacement surgeon of Shalby Hospital, Ahmedabad which revolutionized the Knee Replacement surgery with advantages like:

  • Reduced surgical time of 8 to 10 minutes!
  • Minimal incision( cut) which results in less blood loss, reduced intake of medicines and faster recovery
  • Reduced stay at hospital
  • Assisted Walk after 2 hours of the surgery
  • Less burden and anxiety to patients and relatives a like

5. Is this operation painful? How long will the pain last?

  • This operation is as painful as any other operation. Your pain will be kept under control by a team of pain management consultants (Anesthetists) with the help of oral or intravenous medicines. On special occasions nerve blocks will be used to reduce pain.

6. When can I resume my day to day activities?

Your progress after going home will be roughly as follows:

  • After going home on the 4th day after surgery you will be asked to walk in the house for 4 to 5 times a day
  • The stitches on the operative wound will be removed on the 14th to 16th day after surgery
  • Other activities like swimming, driving a car or riding a two wheeler and kitchen work are permitted after 4 to 6 weeks
  • If your office work is of sedentary nature, you may start working for weeks after your ooperation

7. When can I Travel?

  • You can take short flight, 4 days post surgery, long flight can be taken post 15 days

8. What games or sports can I play?

  • You may play golf, walk briskly or swim. Light weight lifting is allowed.

9. What should I avoid to protect my new artificial joint?

  • You should not sit on the floor. You may sit cross legged but on a bed or a surface which is at a higher level than the floor

10. Do I need to replace the Implant after 15 to 20 years?

  • An Implant will last normally for 15 to 20 years. There are choices available as well, to select an implant. At Shalby, the surgeon will recommend the most appropriate one for your conditions during the consultation.

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