Knee, the largest joint in the human body, supports the movement of legs and is an essential requirement to perform most of the daily activities. Due to injury or disease, knees can get damaged causing pain and impaired function. 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.
One such patient, 60-year old Joseph Maina Githemba from Kenya, was advised replacement for his left knee owing to an accident he had met with 15 years ago. Under the care of Dr Vikram Mhaskar, Consultant – knee & shoulder surgery, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, Joseph underwent complete check-ups before the surgery including blood tests, ECG, X-rays, cardiology and physician tests & pre-anesthesia checkup (PAC).
Dr Vikram and his team performed the 1st daycare TKR in India using minimally invasive technique.
Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery is a procedure to replace the affected knee joint with artificial material and serves as a saviour for patients struggling with severely damaged knee joints.
Delighted at the success of the first-of-its-kind surgery, Dr Vikram Mhaskar 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,” he said.
Talking about his successful surgery, Joseph Maina Githemba, said, “I was under severe dismay when I met with an accident around 15 years ago. I damaged my knee badly and was unable to walk with sharp pain. I decided to go for the TKR procedure as a last resort but had my doubts about the success of the daycare 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. The role of healthcare services at home in my speedy recovery has been invaluable with critical care nurses and professional supporting me every step of the way. I am thankful to Dr. Vikram and his team for helping me goes through this procedure,” Githemba said.