Total Knee replacement in India
Knee replacement has become the gold standard for the treatment of end stage arthritis owing to its high success rate and good quality of life after the surgery. Because of many advantages the surgery offers, Knee replacement has almost become a routine surgery performed on over 650,000 people worldwide each year.
Medical tourism Knee replacement
Since the cost of knee replacement surgery in India is much affordable as compared to Western countries, lot of people from across the world prefer to get their total knee replacement in India leading to phenomenon known as medical tourism knee replacement. Not only the cost of total knee replacement surgery in India is a fraction of the cost of knee replacement in US, many Indian surgeons are American Board certified and are well experienced, the hospitals are as good as in USA, leading to a huge demand for medical tourism knee replacement.
Some of the salient features of joint replacement hospitals in India are:
- Operation theatres following the best in the world standards or infection control.
- Computer Navigation System
- High Definition Cameras
- Most Advanced Diagnostic Facilities - 256 slice CT , High end MRI, PET scan
- Best quality prosthesis and implants
- Super specialized rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy and other disciplines, which help the patient have a smooth journey post their joint replacement surgery. This allows them to get back to their normal life very fast.
Here are few of the commonly asked questions for Total knee replacement in India by our clients. Please feel free to contact should you have more:
The cost of total knee replacement in India starts from USD 5000 and varies depending upon the type of implant, your medical condition, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get the treatment done.
IndiCure chooses to associate only with select few surgeons who have an excellent track record. Our panel of surgeons are among the best knee replacement surgeons in India and the world. We have our own internal criteria of choosing a surgeon which includes his qualification, experience, international exposure, memberships, success rate, bedside manners, command on language etc before we recommend him//her to you.
Your case manager would share the complete details about the surgeon with you. You can also request for a telephonic consult with the surgeon.
There is absolutely no catch. The cost of knee replacement surgery in India and for that matter, medical treatment in India is much less because of the following reasons:
Low cost of endowment in India - Qualified doctors, surgeons, nursing staff, lower investments costs, subsidies by government to private healthcare sector are more as compared to other countries
An exchange rate regime, which is favourable to India (indicative rates only, may not be currently applicable)
1 USD= 60 Indian rupees
1 GBP= 80 Indian rupees
1 Euro= 66 Indian rupees
The first step is to send us your medical history, X-ray and other medical reports for the surgeon's evaluation. You can send these details to firstname.lastname@example.org. You would be assigned a case manager who shall get back to you with the surgeon's opinion, cost and other necessary details. For more information, please visit ourStep-by-step guide
Your case manager would share the surgeon's opinion as is, his or her detailed profile, details about the hospital where your surgery shall be done, type of implant and other necessary details. You can also choose to speak with the surgeon over phone or have a video consult with the surgeon. We make sure you get the best quality treatment and best possible results for your surgery in India. To answer more on Medical Tourism related questions read our General FAQs sections.
There is no ideal age to get the knee replacement done. If the pain in your knee is affecting your daily life and the other options are not working, you can get your knee replaced irrespective of your age. The average age of knee joint replacement patient is around 55-60 years old; however patients of all ages have received knee implants.
If other non-surgical treatment options like medication, exercises, physiotherapy have failed, knee joint replacement is the best option for your pain. It has become the gold standard for treatment of end stage arthritis owing to its high success rate and good quality of life after the operation. Even the cost is quite affordable. Owing to its many advantages, Knee replacement has almost become a routine surgery performed on over 650,000 people worldwide each year.
The type of knee replacement best suited for you depends on your age, the degree of arthritic involvement of each of the three compartments of the knee, choice of the orthopaedic surgeon and the level of activity. This can be discussed with the surgeon.
The surgery takes somewhere between 1 to 3 hours depending upon the type of surgery and the condition of your knee joint.
Yes, with newer and advanced surgical techniques, both knee replacement surgeries can be done at the same time. Our surgeons usually replace both the knees at the same time, unless you have any specific medical condition that does not allows that.
You shall have pain and discomfort for a few days which can even last for few weeks. Your doctor shall prescribe you medications for it. You may have swelling and warmth about the knee persistently for 6 weeks after surgery. This will gradually decrease, but it may take 6 months to a year for the swelling to resolve completely. The area may also feel fuzzy or numb. This is normal and the sensation will decrease with time.
The rehabilitation will begin the next day itself. Your physical therapist will do a number of exercises to regain your strength and range of motion. You should continue to exercise until your muscles are pain-free and you can walk without a limp. It is a good idea to continue your exercises as a lifetime commitment to keep your muscles strong.
The materials used for total knee replacement include titanium, cobalt chrome, and polyethylene. To date, there is little evidence suggesting any allergic reaction to these materials.
Most people start walking comfortably with the cane within two weeks of the surgery. Few patients also start driving within six to eight weeks after surgery.
This is a very individualistic and impossible to say if you can drive after the surgery and when to begin driving. Although it is safe for your knee if you drive after about 8 weeks. There are few important criteria that must be met for patient to drive safely.
You should be off narcotic pain drugs, be able to get in and out of the driver's seat comfortably and must have regained the strengths in your muscles. Which leg has been operated upon is another deciding factor. Use of right leg is more in driving and thus people with right knee replaced take longer before they can start driving. You can sit with an expert driver and test if you can comfortably drive before you start all on your own.
The life of your new knee shall depend upon your physical condition, activity level, and weight. We use FDA approved best implants in the world which have shown to have a life of 35 years in laboratory settings. In real life as well, the implants have shown to last for 30 years or more if taken care properly.
Yes, they usually do. The hospital shall provide you with the letter stating that you have a metal prosthesis fixed inside your knee which shall help you clearing through the security checks without facing any problems. You should reach the airport little early to avoid any inconvenience.