Global meet on joint replacement to take off in the city on Friday

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The first International Symposium on Joint Replacement will be hosted in the city by Lokmanya Hospitals at JW Marriott on August 17 and 18. 

Pune: The first International Symposium on Joint Replacement will be hosted in the city by Lokmanya Hospitals at JW Marriott on August 17 and 18. 

The theme is ‘Interactive Technology’ and will be presented by experts who have witnessed the transition from conventional to robotic technologies. Experts from the US, Dubai, Iraq, Iran, Oman and Yemen and more than 250 Indian orthopedic experts will participate in the deliberations.

Dr Narendra Vaidya, Managing Director of Lokmanya Hospitals said in a press conference, “Joint replacement has proved to be a great boon to patients suffering from terminal arthritis. Total knee replacement is said to be one of the most successful surgeries of the last decade. However 25 to 30 per cent of the patients are yet to experience the adequate outcomes of the same. The recent technologies available in arthroplasty impart an efficient and effective tool in the hands of the joint replacement surgeon, enabling consistent reproducible results.”  

The topics to be discussed include ‘Conventional knee replacement -What is lacking?’, ‘Evolution of technology in arthroplasty’, ‘Robotic surgery with surgeon’s and engineer’s perspective’, ‘Brain storming on various topics’, ‘Case studies’ and ‘Debate on conventional v/s robotics’. 

Dr Vaidya said, “Patients go as far as Europe and US for robotic surgeries which can be costly. Currently Lokmanya Hospital has provided robotic assisted knee surgery at very affordable cost.  In India about 28.7 per cent people in the age group above 60 years suffer from joint pain. Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, bad eating habits are causing joint problems in the ageing population. Robotic surgeries are precise and minimally invasive and result in faster recovery.”

“About 1.3 lakh patients undergo joint replacements out of which 60 per cent are currently done with the help of robotics. There are eight such centres in the country out of which Lokmanya Hospital is one. In 2016 the robotic surgeries were initiated. Also, the surgeons need to go through training for surgery for which India has three centres.”

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