Arthritis means wear and tear of the cartilage which forms the joint. The most common joint affected are the knee and the hip joint, But it can also affect the shoulder and the elbow. The most common cause for arthritis is ageing. The factors that can accelerate this problem are obesity, mechanical malalignment, Injury etc. For patients who do not benefit with conservative management, Joint Replacement is a life-changing surgery. Not only does it relieve pain and disability but it also makes the individual self-dependent and improves the quality of life drastically. With newer technologies, joint replacement surgery has advanced considerably and now we can offer joint replacement to younger and very active population. With newer metals the life of the implant has also increased considerably ranging from 25 to 30 years for the knee and the hip.
Knee is the most common form of arthritis And knee replacement surgery provides an immediate solution in these cases. At Ashutosh hospital, we perform more than hundred joint replacement surgery i and knee replacement surgery provides an immediate solution in these cases. At Ashutosh Hospital, we Have pioneered in joint replacement surgery and have been performing it successfully for the last 30 years. We are one of the very few joint replacement units which use the customised joint replacement concept and give the best suitable joint to the patient. The advantage of this is that it provides a very long lasting joint life. The state of the art modular operation theatres ensure very smooth and safe surgical procedure. OurJoint replacement team led by Dr Ajay Shah and Dr. Kunal Shah have performed numerous complex and revision joint replacement surgeries. Knee Replacement has been performed in a wide variety of age groups ranging from 35 years to 85 years.
Usually the Patient is admitted one day prior to the surgery. The surgical procedure lasts for approximately one hour. The patient is made to walk 12 hours after the surgery and is usually discharged on the fifth day after surgery. Dr Kunal Shah has devised a protocol which ensures early mobilisation and pain-free post surgical period. In most cases patient is able to play light sports and even squat and sit cross-legged a few months after surgery.
Patient whose first joint replacement surgery has failed have also come to us and we have got good results from Revision Knee Replacements. These patients who have lost all hope of getting back to normal life have really benefited and become independent In their day-to-day life life.
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Arthritis of the Hip is very different from arthritis in the knee. Usually the causes of hip arthritis are multifactorial and ageing is one of the least common causes. The age for Hip Arthritis is also in a wide range because of the multifactorial etiology. The most common cause of hip arthritis in young patients is Avascular Necrosis of Femoral head. The other common causes are Failed fracture fixation , Rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
The hip replacement surgery is being Performed for more than over 50 years now. The advancement in the surgical technique and the implants has been enormous. The bearing surfaces have evolved and this has lead to increased longevity and range of motion.
The hip replacement surgery usually takes about an hour to perform and the patient can start walking on the same day after the surgery. We use the minimally invasive approach which ensures that there is minimal blood loss and very early post-operative rehabilitation.Patient is discharged on the fourth day after surgery.By the end of four weeks usually the patient can Walk independently and do most activities of daily life.
We have operated patients as young as 22 years old to patients in the ripe age of 90. The newer bearing surfaces like ceramic have increased the longevity of Hip replacement to approximately 30 years.
Dr. Kunal Shah has also been trained for Revision Joint Replacement surgery and we regularly perform surgery for failed replacements. The results are very good and the patients do almost as well as the primary joint replacement surgery.