Total Knee Replacement
Male patient named Nanjappa, age 68 yrs, approached our outpatient department complaining of severe pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee with inability to walk without support. He was suffering from pain for the past few years and the pain had incapacitated him and he could not cater to his daily needs also. He was dependent on others and this was worrying him which led him to seek treatment.
He was examined by our orthopaedic specialist and after a thorough history and imaging studies he was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis and was admitted for a bilateral total knee replacement procedure. Since both knees are operated at the same time, patient will have to go through the procedure and recovery process just once.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff due to the underlying inflammation in the joint. There could be crackling sound when the affected joints are moved. For some the symptoms could be mild and for some severe depending the predisposing factors like age, chronic conditions or history of trauma.
During the operation the damaged portion of the bone and cartilage were removed and replaced with metal implants. Patient was kept in the hospital for 3 days under observation.
Under the able guidance of our physiotherapists, the patient underwent a therapy regime which including exercises like knee straightening, supported knee bends and walking every day with support.
The patient responded well to the procedure and followed the post-operative therapy as suggested and was very happy with the results of the treatment. He was now relived from impinging pain in the knee and was able to do his routine chores. It took 6 weeks for the complete recovery.
The procedure was done at an affordable cost for the patient who is from a rural background. He returned for a follow-up visit and looked healthy and fit.