Doctors perform partial knee surgery in Chennai

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 28, 2018 12:45 PM IST

Chennai: Homemaker Devaki (47) began experiencing pain in both of her knees affecting her mobility. She soon found herself restricted to her house with doctors advising her for a total knee replacement.

This was until, doctors of Parvathy Hospital came up with a solution - a partial knee replacement procedure.

Dr S Muthukumar, chairman and chief orthopaedic surgeon, Parvathy Hospital on Friday announced that they had successfully conducted the challenging procedure on Devaki recently.

The surgical procedure - Unicondylar knee Arthroplasty (UKA), a minimally invasive surgery was performed by a group of surgeons led by consultant knee surgeon, Parvathy Hospital, Dr M K Vetri Kumar.

A press release said, the procedure replaces the total knee replacement with reducing post operative discomfort, speed up discharge and feel of natural knee joints.

This treatment is suitable for people who experience arthritis only in one compartment (section) of the knee joint, rather than throughout the joint.

Explaining about the complication, Dr Vetri Kumar said, "The patient was diagnosed to have a problem of degeneration in the knee which was affecting only the inner-medial side of her knee joint. She was suggested to undergo a procedure where the affected portion of the knee will be replaced and not the total knee. We also assured her that she could be discharged on the second post-operation day itself."

He also said, "As per statistics, 60 per cent of the degenerated knees even after failed conservative treatment will not require total knee replacement. Analysis from Oxford University found that partial replacements are safer and easier to recover."