I was recently in Munich to update himself in the latest technology in knee ligament reconstruction. The Arthrex surgical skills lab is equipped with the latest arthroscopic wet and dry lab simulators and is stocked with a complete inventory of the latest instrumentation and implants.
The exposure certainly gave me the edge in offering my patients the latest surgical options in knee ligament surgery.
The knee has several ligaments that can get damaged after sports injuries and accidents. These include the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) etc.
Without surgical reconstruction many young patients can never get back to sports and an active lifestyle. The knee becomes vulnerable to getting worn out (arthritis) at a younger age than average.
Early and expert ligament reconstruction can help young people get back their former active lifestyle and delaying surgery can result in damage to other structures within the knee. It’s like a loose hinge on a door, if not repaired early can result in other hinges coming loose.
Knee arthroscopy procedures (keyhole surgery) have advanced many fold in the last few years. This was an opportunity for surgeons like myself interested in knee surgery to update themselves.
The experienced faculty from around the world conducted practical demonstrations in some of the most advanced arthroscopic (keyhole) procedures for ligament and meniscal injuries of the knee.
This is the latest in Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction using the all inside technique which would give a patient less post -operative pain and a quicker recovery.
Dr Ved Prakash handing over blankets to Sub Inspector Naidu (Abids). These were distributed to the homless in the Nampally /Abids area this winter which has been exceptionally harsh.
Dr Udai Prakash was invited as faculty for the recent Oxford Partial (Uni-compartmental) Knee Replacement course held in Pune to teach young surgeons from across the country on how to do this unique surgery.
The course was organised by Zimmer-Biomet – the largest orthopaedic implant manufacturer in the world. Amongst the faculty were surgeons from Oxford University, UK.
The Oxford group from the UK are pioneers in this type of knee replacement where only the worn out part of the knee is replaced. The results in terms of function and complications are far lower for the partial knee replacement when compared to total knee replacement.
Dr Udai Prakash, earlier this month welcomed Dr Sharat Kusuma also an expert in minimally invasive surgery to Udai Omni Hospital.
Together they performed several partial knee replacement surgeries. The hospital is pleased to announce all patients are doing extremely well. Their star patient was Mrs I. S. aged 79years, had bilateral partial knee replacements walked within 24 hours, with good physiotherapy was up and about to visiting friends, shopping outdoor within 10 days and resuming full activities within 3 weeks.
Both Dr Udai Prakash and Dr Sharat Kusuma feel that the partial knee replacement should be considered by all patients who are thinking of having a total knee replacement.
1 in every 4 patients with advanced arthritis of the knee may be suitable for a partial knee replacement which holds several advantages over the total knee:
- Bone conserving
- Ligament conserving
- Smaller operation
- Smaller incision
- Minimal blood loss
- Much faster recovery
- Normal knee function
- Better movement
- Can play sports like badminton and gentle tennis
- Easier to climb stairs and sit on the floor
Dr Sharat Kusuma, MD, MBA. Dr Udai Prakash FRCS(Eng),FRCS(Edin),FRCS(Tr&Ortho) offer surgical and non surgical treatments of hip and knee joint conditions and specialise in Partial Knee Repalcement.
Recommended further reading: Avoid a Total Knee Replacement with a Patial Knee Replacement.