Even after the normal Knee replacement surgery becomes a success, the patient has to follow many instructions given by the physiotherapist and the surgeons. His actions and movements of the leg have a number of restrictions a follows:
- The person cannot sit or stand for a long period of time.
- He cannot climb high stairs.
- He cannot run very fast.
- The patient cannot fold his legs beyond 120 degrees angle.
- He cannot sit with his legs crossed etc.
But for the young patients or for those whose profession demands more physical movement, a new technology of Knee Surgery has been introduced. This technology is called as the NexGen Legacy Posterior Stabilized- Flex Fixed Knee Surgery. This surgery enables the patient with a larger range of motion. The person can move his leg beyond an angle of 120 degrees. (Climbing stairs, squatting) etc. These activities require the movement of the legs up to 140 degrees.
The benefit of the NexGen LPS-Flex Technology is- In spite of the wider movement, the implants used do not get damaged or do not get loose.
With the use of the following systems, the fixed bearing components of the knee can be implanted successfully:
- Multi reference 4 in 1 Femoral Instrumentation Systems
- Intramedullary Instrumentation Systems
- Micro Mill Instrumentation Systems- Milling or 5-in-1 saw blade options
- Epicondylar instrumentation system
In this surgery, first, a small incision is made in the knee area of the patient. The damaged bones of the knee are then resurfaced smooth by using various equipments. The bones are shaped in such a way that the LPS-Flex Fixed bearings fit properly in the gaps. Then the specially designed implant is fitted properly.
The design of the implant used in this surgery does not change. One implant is fitted on the femoral head making it smooth and round. Another implant is fitted on the top of the tibia. In this implant, there is a plain metal plate fitted on the flat tibia. And another baseplate made of plastic is inserted over it so as it covers the femur. The implants can be made of the following materials:
- Cement, etc.
Sometimes the implants are of multiple materials are used in one surgery. The type of implant to be fitted is decided by the surgeons after studying the case of the patient. The surgeons choose the best combination of implants that meet the patients’ needs. The NexGen LPS- Flex Fixed Knee Surgery is not suitable for all candidates. The patient who is opting for this surgery must consult his doctor and check whether he is eligible (fulfils all the mentioned criterion) before the surgery so that the patient does not face any serious problems in the future. Following points have to be taken into consideration before choosing this surgery:
- The level of activity one is wishing to do after the surgery.
- The Medical background of the patient
- History of orthopedic surgeries
- Weight of the person, etc.
After the surgery, the person needs to follow all the instructions given to him by the physiotherapist. This is a very critical time that decides the success of the surgery. Hence, the patient must strictly follow the rehabilitation program as given by the doctor. It is important to gain the power in the knees, get used to the motion, maintain the balance while walking etc. According to the medical survey, in only one case out of 100 cases of LPS Flex Fixed knee surgery, the revision knee surgery had to be done because of the loosening caused to the implants. In the remaining 99% cases, the patients had a successful future with a 5 year follow up with the surgeon. The general life of the NexGen LPS- Flex Fixed Bearings is more than 10 years. This surgery costs more than USD 12500 in India. This cost is however very low if compared with the other countries.
The following hospitals in India offer this surgery:
- Apollo Hospitals in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi
- Fortis Hospital in Noida, Delhi, Mohali
- Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore
- BGS Global Hospital in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore
Leading Orthopedic Surgeons
- Dr. Rakesh Rajput
- Dr. Vikram Shah
- Dr. Jairamchander Pingle
- Dr. Raju Vaishya
- Dr. Sanjay Desai
- Dr. Niraj Vora
I was suffering from a number of knee problems. The problems were so critical that I could hardly walk or move my leg. I had become very weak due to the extreme pain in the knee. But I couldn’t afford the Knee surgery in my country. After researching on internet I found MedTour2India website. I discussed my problem with them. The team was highly supportive and helpful. I decided to visit India for the knee surgery. My doctor recommended me the NexGen LPS-Flex Fixed knee Surgery because I was young and meeting all the criterion needed for the surgery. The surgery was a big success. After the surgery too, the physiotherapist guided me through the rehabilitation process. After recovery I went back to USA. Now I can move my leg at larger angles as I was promised by the doctor, I play sports and I have forgotten that my knee has been operated once. I strongly recommend to visit the Artemis hospital to get this knee surgery.”Alex, USA
I am from Ethiopia. In a small road accident, my knee bones got injured. I got operated by some surgeons in my homeland, but after the surgery I couldn’t continue with my regular physical activities so I decided to find information on knee surgeries by myself. On the internet I found MedTour2India that helps the foreigners who wish to get operated in India. They helped me get my flight tickets, get appointment with the doctor, accommodation etc. After going through the LPS- Flex Fixed knee surgery, I was taken good care by the hospital staff and I went back to Ethiopia with recovered knees. Now I can do cycling, run, and do all the other physical activities without any restrictions. I was very lucky to have found MedTour2India which helped me to get good doctors and good treatment in India.”