Monday, September 23, 2013

Knee replacement surgery - What is the right time and age for knee replacement?

Knee Replacement Surgery - When is the right age?


Knee replacement surgery is the most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries across the world. It is the procedure to replace the damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint.

The most common question on the minds of people going for knee replacement is what is the right age to get the knee replacement or till when should we wait before we get the knee replaced.

When should you consider knee replacement surgery?


If your knee is severely deformed or damaged by arthritis or injury and you find it difficult to perform activities of daily living like walking or the pain is not going down with medications, physical therapy etc, you should consider getting a knee replacement done.

The surgeon would advise you a knee replacement when:

·         Your pain in the knee is so severe that it limits everyday activities even walking, climbing stairs and even getting in and out of the chair.
·         You have severe pain that it is not getting relieved by even non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, which are most effective in early arthritis and become less effective with severe arthritis.
·         Physical therapy and other procedures have failed to help
·         Your knee which is so stiff that you cannot bow in or out of your knee

·         You have deformity of the knee joint such as bowing in or out of the knee.




Right age for Knee replacement


Adult of any age can be considered for knee replacement, although people after 60 are usually advised to undergo knee replacement, as in young physically active people the chances of wearing out of the knee are more.

A knee replacement typically lasts for about 20 years when properly cared for and not put to too much strain.  So, an early replacement may warrant another replacement if done at a very early age. However, studies indicate that performing a knee replacement before the joint becomes too stiff leads to a much better outcome.

Most patients who undergo knee replacement are between 60 to 80 years of age, but orthopaedic surgeons evaluate the patients individually before recommending the total knee replacement surgery. Recommendation is usually based on patient’s pain and disability and not age.

Experts say that the patient's condition and the benefit he/ she would have now after knee replacement should be of paramount importance than a possibility of  future replacement. The advantages and disadvantages should ideally be weighed for present improvement in patient’s condition for deciding his candidacy. 

Knee replacement surgery in India


Knee replacement surgery in India is available at very affordable prices as compared to the cost of knee replacement in UK, USA or other western countries. Total knee replacement surgery with few of the best orthopaedic surgeons in India starts from USD 5,000.

IndiCure is the most renowned provider of knee replacement surgery in India.  Having served hundreds of patients from over 30 countries, IndiCure understands your expectations well and can anticipate your requirements.

For more information about affordable knee replacement surgery in India, write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 9818462127 or +91 93200366777 or talk to us at skype@IndiCure