Patients suffering from knee pain have a less invasive option offered by Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam in Chennai. He is one of the first surgeons in India and the first in Tamil nadu to offer knee resurfacing. He performed Tamil nadu’s first knee resurfacing on the 17th April at a Chennai hospital. The surgery was witnessed by orthopedic surgeons, doctors and medical students via a live web telecast.
Dr.Venkatachalam now joins the few selected orthopedic surgeons in the US and is among the first in India to offer this revolutionary procedure. Knee resurfacing is an inter positional arthroplasty for arthritis involving one of the three parts of the knee. Commonly as in this case it is done for inner compartment wear. It can also be done for outer compartment disease.
The ‘Orthoglide’ knee implant was designed by an American doctor. It has been implanted seven hundred times in the US and Europe. It received FDA approval in 2006.
This procedure is bound to be welcome from the thousands of patients with knee arthritis. In India, knee arthritis is very common. It is very common in middle aged patients. Doctors treat this condition initially by painkillers, physical therapy and other supportive measures. When the pain fails to settle down with these measures, surgeons recommend surgery like partial, total knee replacement. However not every patient advised a total knee replacement chooses to undergo this common but major procedure. Apathy, apprehension and cost are the factors holding back the patient. A total knee replacement requires five days of hospitalization and a month of physical therapy. In this procedure, the surgeon scrapes worn out cartilage in the knee and caps the ends with metal prostheses using bone cement.
In a knee resurfacing, there is no bone removal. Cartilage is scraped away and a metal plate is interposed between the worn bony surfaces. Since the surgery is done by a smaller incision, blood loss is minimal, analgesic requirements are minimal and recovery is quicker.
Because it is less invasive and preserves most of the patient’s natural knee, we expect patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities more quickly says Dr.Venkatachalam, FRCS, M.Ch Orth who performed the first surgery on a sixty seven year old patient.