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joint replacement surgery

A joint is where two or more parts of the skeleton are fitted together, like the knee, hip, and shoulder and elbow. Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial joint. DHS Hospital offers all types of joint replacement surgeries.

Total Knee Replacement

This specialized type of surgery has helped millions of mostly old people worldwide. Increasing age brings in many diseases and a sedentary lifestyle adds to the troubles. A combination overweight, osteoporosis, cartilage wear and tear, arthritis and so on lead to gradually increasing pain in the knees. While medicines and physiotherapy reduce pain in the beginning, total knee replacement [TKR] is the only permanent solution for painful knees.

Different types of TKR are:

  • Primary Total Knee Replacement
  • Revision Knee Replacement
  • Uni-condylar Knee Replacement [only one part of the knee is replaced]

Modern artificial joints, called prosthesis, are so well built that they may last for 25-35 years after surgery. So getting TKR done at the age of 45 or 50 may last for a lifetime. If the artificial joints wear out, a revision TKR surgery can be done.

TKR changes the very life of a person.

Total Hip Replacement

Also called THR, this type of surgery is done in younger patients. It is done for patients suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is a progressive disorder which in medical term means ‘inflammation of the joint’. Hip Replacement is done when all other pain management therapies fail to relieve the pain caused by the arthritis of the Hip.

  • Osteoarthritis of the hip joint
  • Hip injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bone tumor or
  • Avascular Necrosis: aka AVN, it occurs because of insufficient blood supply

After the Hip Replacement surgery, the patient retains all normal motions and movements that one may need to carry out daily tasks.

THR must be done when

  • Pain that keeps you awake at night
  • Little or no relief from pain medications
  • Difficulty walking up or down the stairs
  • Trouble standing up from a seated position
  • Avoiding walking because of pain

Modern advances in surgical technology have given strong and long-lasting artificial hip joints. So even active and young people can also be operated. Revision THR can be done if the artificial hip joint is worn out.

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