Dr. P. Sharat Kumar, orthopedic surgeon from Apollo health city, Hyderabad told this citizen journalist , “Minimally Invasive Knee Resurfacing Surgery is not a new procedure; it was started in 2007 in Canada and the procedure comes under the category called 'ortho-glide'.”
Mr. Kumar added that this surgery is only effective for early to moderate knee pain or median joint pain and is not effective in severe joint pain.
The major advantages of Minimally Invasive Knee Resurfacing Surgery compared to Total Knee Replacement surgery are:
- The duration of the surgery is less
- Complications in the surgery are less
- Early re-habitation
- Post-operational surgery pain is less
- Cost of the surgery is 40 percent lesser than TKR
“Minimally Invasive Knee Resurfacing Surgery is not a complete replacement; it’s just an alternate option for TKR and in few cases, it’s a bridging to TKR. This new technique is good for young patients, for patients who are obese and those who are not fit for big surgeries,” Dr. Prabhat Lakkireddi, orthopedic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals told this citizen journalist.
Coming to the drawbacks of Minimally Invasive Knee Resurfacing Surgery, it can only be treated if the problem is in the inner half of the knee joint but not on the outer half. The surgery is a temporary option and needs to be repeated after ten years whereas TKR works for 15- 20 years.
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