A 60-year old man from Kenya became the recipient of India’s first daycare Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery at Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in Saket.
Joseph Maina Githemba had met with an accident 15 years ago and needed his left knee to be replaced owing to the immense pain and discomfort.
Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery is a procedure to replace the affected knee joint with artificial material and serves as a savior for patients with struggling with severely damaged knee joints.
Dr Vikram Mhaskar and his team performed the surgery which took an hour and was performed with minimum incision and blood loss. Speaking about the surgery, he said:
"Total Knee Replacement has been a time taking procedure with around 3 hours of surgery and considerable hospital stay post operation. Daycare TKR has served as a revolution in healthcare industry with minimal incision, exposure, blood loss and hospitalization. It also brings down the total cost by 30-35% compared to standard TKRs. Choosing the right patient is crucial and no comorbidities in Joseph’s case made this first daycare TKR procedure a success. We wish him a speedy recovery." - Dr Vikram Mhaskar, Consultant, Knee & Shoulder Surgery, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket
Joseph Maina Githemba said that he had damaged his knee badly and was in a lot of pain prior to the surgery.
"To my pleasant surprise, I was prepared for the procedure through exercises, several tests and pre-anaesthesia checkup. The surgery was absolutely painless and only took 1 hour. I was back on my feet the same day and could return to the comfort of my home." - Joseph Maina Githemba
Post the surgery, Joseph was made to walk using a walker within 6 hours of the operation and was also trained to do exercises that would be required post-surgery.
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