Innovative Treatment in Joint Replacement Surgery
The human body has 300 joints, among them knees play a crucial role in walking, dancing, and running. The knee is the largest and the most complex joint in the body, connected from the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). The knee joints can wear or tear because of aging or sometimes after accidents. This could result in persistent pain, making the everyday tasks tricky. In several cases, osteoporosis is a prime culprit or it may be osteoarthritis where the cartilage in our knees is wearing away.
The first-line treatments that doctors recommend are weight loss, medications, physical therapy, and assistive devices like knee braces. If all these seem not so effective, the best measure is surgical intervention or knee replacement surgery (total or partial). It is one of the proven methods for treating major cartilage damage.
The health sector has seen remarkable advancement in the field of orthopedics, and innovative treatments have been introduced, particularly in joint replacement. Therefore, joint replacement specialists are capable of providing the best treatment support. Here, we have brought some of the most remarkable developments changing the face of knee replacements:
Minimally Invasive Knee Arthroplasty
The traditional approach to knee replacement uses a long vertical incision in the center of the knee to access the joint. Minimally invasive knee replacement is a variation where the surgeon uses a shorter incision and requires less cutting of the tendons and ligaments—with the goal of reducing postoperative pain and speeding recovery. Unlike traditional total knee replacement, the minimally invasive technique is not suitable for all patients.
Computer-Assisted Navigation (CAN)
Computer-assisted navigation has brought about a revolution in joint replacement surgery. CAN describes the use of computer-enabled tracking systems to facilitate the alignment of bones in surgery. The goal of CAN is to increase surgical accuracy and reduce the chance of malposition. CAN may also improve soft tissue balance and patellar tracking. Image-based devices use preoperative computed tomography (CT) scans and operative fluoroscopy to direct implant positioning. This eliminates human errors in the surgery. As the accuracy level is very high, it also helps increase the life of the implants, and it also results in less blood loss to the patient.
Customized 3D Implant Printing
It is a one-step-ahead technique where 3D printing technology is used to mimic the actual size and structure of the knee so that it can offer the best fitting during the implant procedure. Nowadays, a large number of orthopedic surgeons are using 3D technology to customize the implanted prosthetic to make the procedure more successful.
A barbed suture is a type of knotless suture that has barbs on its surface. It is a time-saving device to secure the closure. Barbed sutures offer several advantages such as consistent wound closure with even distribution of tension across the wound and eliminating the challenge of tensile strength and knot security. The stitches dissolve in a few weeks and they lock the edge of the wound quickly.
Multimodal pain management is an approach to achieve adequate postoperative pain control using medications that target different parts of the pain pathway, thus reducing the amount of anyone medication and its associated side effects. It utilizes varying combinations of local and/or regional analgesic techniques and non-opioid analgesics (eg, acetaminophen, anti-inflammatory drugs). In the context of joint replacement, multimodal pain regimens lead to decreased postoperative pain with decreased side effects, particularly nausea, vomiting, hypotension etc.
Whom can I approach for knee replacement?
Only a specialist can provide you the best knee replacement surgery. If you are living in Delhi, contact Joint & Bone Solutions, a specialized clinic for joint replacement, to discuss your case with a senior joint replacement surgeon who has nearly two decades of experience in this field.
Get the assurance of “You are in the safe hands” at Joint & Bone Solutions, a reputed orthopedic clinic in Delhi, in consultation with a senior orthopedic and joint replacement surgeon, Dr. Biren Nadkarni, India’s well-renowned knee specialist.
His specialty includes Medical and Surgical Management of Knee and Hip Arthritis. Dr. Biren Nadkarni has a vast experience of nearly 2 decades in conducting thousands of Knee, Hip, and Shoulder replacements as well as Knee Ligament surgeries successfully.
During his two decades of work experience, he has given hope to several who were dealing with intense joint pain. Patients under his guidance are living their lives without pain and without life-long dependence on pain medicines.
Dr. Biren Nadkarni believes in sharing his knowledge for humanity. He is well-associated with a number of reputed hospitals as a consultant Senior Orthopedic surgeon, including Holy Family Hospital and Sitaram Bhartia Institute and Hospital.