With a population of 1.25 billion, a conservative estimate suggests that almost 18 crore people have knee or hip problems. This year, more than 2 lakh people opted for knee or hip replacement surgeries. Interestingly, close to 85% of these were done in the northern, southern and western states of India. While these surgeries are done very successfully in Kolkata, a large part of the population is still unaware about the state-of –the –art infrastructure for joint replacement surgeries available right here in Kolkata.
Moreover, a number of misconceptions exist with relation to joint replacement surgeries. Here we help shatter these myths and elucidate the benefits of joint replacement:

Cost Effective

It is often believed that knee and hip replacement surgeries are very expensive. That’s untrue. The operation is in most cases a once in a lifetime decision. The procedure will provide relief from joint paint and issues for life. Therefore, this procedure is more cost effective than continuous treatments for the rest of your life. People continue to live with pain, and the difficulty experienced in walking due to the damaged joints affects active life, just because they think knee and hip replacement surgeries are expensive.

The Surgeon Matters

One of the biggest mistakes people make when opting for joint replacement therapy is to not go for an experienced surgeon. Studies show that patients get the best outcome when their procedure is handled by a surgeon who has experience of the procedure at a medical facility that handles a high volume of such surgeries. In fact, at our hospital we have treated patients who have had painful experiences after undergoing surgeries in other facilities with inexperienced doctors.

Reaction to the Implant

Many people are apprehensive about the adverse effects of foreign implants in the body. While the reaction is understandable, if the procedure is carried out by an experienced surgeon using superior quality products and in hygienic and standardised environments, the risk of reactions is very low. Moreover, even after the surgery, the patients need to be monitored by trained personnel for a few days post the surgery as well.

Don’t Wait

If a doctor tells you that you need Joint Replacement Surgery, many people think that they can wait till the pain becomes unbearable before they act upon the advice. One should always act upon the advice immediately, so as to not cause any long-term damage to the joint or tissue. Medicines or steroids are never the long-term solution when replacement therapy has been advised. An experienced surgeon will ask for tests and always gauge whether you really need the surgery or not before recommending it.

You are Never too Young or too Old

We have operated on patients as young as 22 and as old as 89. They have gone on to lead normal and active lives after the operation.

By Dr. C.S. Dhar