Pune: Doctors at a city-based hospital have performed the Uncemented Bilateral Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery for both knees successfully on a 58-year-old patient from the city.
Uncemented TKR is a surgical procedure to replace the knee joint using biological fixation instead of cement to hold the prosthesis in proper position.
Uncemented TKR was performed on both knees of the patient on the same day at the SaiShree Hospital.
Dr Neeraj Adkar, director, hip and knee surgeon at the hospital said the technique is good for the patient.
“We are the first in India to successfully perform this uncemented TKR on both knees at a time. The patient was suffering from pain in the joints for the last five years. After the examination of both knees, doctors recommended her to undergo uncemented TKR as the quality of her bone was good enough to support this surgery,” said Dr Adkar.
He added that after successfully performing the surgery, the patient returned home within two days.
“In older patients with poor quality bone or those with osteoporosis, the biological fixation may not be as strong. Therefore, they may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. However, this patient was an exception,” said Dr Adkar.
Recalling her suffering, the 58-year-old patient said, “I was suffering from joint pains and was frequently consuming painkillers before the surgery. I faced problems in carrying out my daily activities and could not walk properly. Climbing the steps was an impossible job for me as this caused severe pain in my joints. I had to depend on a wooden stick for a support to climb the steps. This deteriorated the quality of my life.”
“It helps in preserving important ligament of knee and less bone resection. Also, there is less pain and improves a range of motions, prevents clot formation and speeds up the healing process,” added Dr Adkar.