When debilitating pain, accompanied by stiffness, swelling and limited motion in your knee keep you away from your daily activities, it may be time to consider total knee replacement. The development of total knee replacement technology began more than 30 years ago. Each year, more than 800,000 people worldwide undergo knee replacement surgery to help ease pain and stiffness and restore mobility. The most frequent cause of discomfort and chronic knee pain is arthritis, which is one of the leading cause of disabilities in India. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people in India has arthritis, and two-thirds are above the age of 60. Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, the following three are the most common causes of joint damage:
Trauma Related Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a disease that involves the breakdown of tissues that allow joints to move smoothly. The layers of cartilage and synovium become damaged and wear away, leaving the underlying bones unprotected from rubbing against each other.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease because it may attack any or all joints in the body. It affects affects women more often than men and can strike young and old alike. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system produces a chemical that attacks and destroys the synovial lining covering the joint capsule, the protective cartilage and the joint surface, causing pain, swelling, joint damage and loss of mobility.
Trauma-related arthritis, which results when the joint is injured, is the third most common form of arthritis. It also causes joint damage, pain and loss of mobility.
Computer navigated surgery is a state-of-the-art surgical technique which lifts the accuracy of knee replacement surgery from around 80 per cent to up to 95 per cent, so improving the longevity and functioning of the artificial joint. An increasing number of skilled and respected Orthopedic surgeons are using computer navigated systems, such as Ortho Pilot, because they ensure their patients get precisely aligned knee replacements time after time. Everyone is different and so are their knees! Computer navigated surgery takes into account each patient’s shape and size and allows a surgeon to use, what is essentially a mini GPS system, to register the exact bio-mechanic mechanic anatomy anatomy of the leg and knee joint to ensure each replacement is as accurate as possible. Computer navigated surgery maps the position of the bones which make up each patient’s knee joint using sensors which are placed at either side of the knee. These create a detailed image and provide real-time information on a computer screen which helps the surgeon accurately guide the implant into position. Computer navigated systems, such as OrthoPilot, do not perform the operation! They do not replace the skill and experience of your surgeon, but are an invaluable tool which enhance the outcome of total knee replacement operations.
The Improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of this surgery.
Dr.Santosh kumar does the surgery using the latest & most advanced computer navigation system - Orthopilot