25 January, 2013. Hyderabad. Doctors at Apollo Hyderabad successfully performed the first the new age procedure of Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement using OrthoGlide Medial Knee System on a 45 year old patient. The said surgery is a major jump from total knee replacement (TKR) which used to be a more complex procedure.
“Instead of TKR, patients now have the option of minimally invasive surgery. The surgery was conducted on a 45-year-old woman Lakshmi Devi, and she has recovered well. This surgery will be a great alternative for TKR,” said Dr. Prabhat Lakkireddi, orthopedic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals. He added that TKR involves a lot of bone cutting, use of bone cement, blood loss and a significant post-operative recovery time. However, patients opting for MIKRS need not face the above factors, he said.
“Several international studies have indicated that the implant will last for 10 years. This surgery will cost patients between Rs. 1 and 1.2 lakhs, while total knee replacement will cost over Rs. 2 lakhs. The patient can be discharged in a day or two,” Dr. Prabhat said.