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An Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery Specifically for the Elderly

by Julia Samuel on January 22, 2015 at 4:08 PM
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An Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery Specifically for the Elderly

A convenient fast track knee replacement (FTKR) surgery alternative to the conventional procedure was attempted to reduce the post-operative trauma in a knee replacement surgery.

A team of doctors headed by Neelam Ramana Reddy, joint replacement surgeon at Star Hospitals, has performed a FTKR surgery.

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FTKR is an evidence-based procedure with maximum outcome for patients suffering from severe degeneration of the knee joint that require total knee replacement.

Dr.Reddy said, "It is a giant leap forward in total knee replacement and is a minimally invasive surgery that requires small incision of three to four inches, unlike conventional total knee replacement that requires 8 to 12 inches leading to significant disruption of the muscles and tendons."
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Minimal post-operative pain, scarring and quick recovery are the highlights of FTKR surgery compared to the traditional surgery.

"Previously, the patient had to spend at least a week in the hospital. But now, he will be able to walk within 24 hours," Dr Reddy informed.

Ramana Reddy says it is best suited for people in the age group between 60 and 70. The cost is almost similar to the usual surgery and so far, only 10 such surgeries have been performed at Star Hospitals.

Source: Medindia
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