Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, and shoulder. The surgery is usually done by a doctor called an orthopaedic (or-tho-PEE-dik) surgeon. Sometimes, the surgeon will not remove the whole joint, but will only replace or fix the damaged parts.

When is the need for Joint Replacement?

• Failure of medical T/t in patients above the age of 60

• Walking distance less than 100 yards or home bound

• Disturbed sleep

• Severe Deformities like Bowlegs, Knock knee, bent knee

• Inability to take medicines due to medical reasons Peptic Ulcers, Renal failure

Myths about Knee Replacement

• It is not a transplant like Renal or Cardiac transplant

• No reaction to implants physical, chemical, biological inert

• It is a surface replacemennt

• Will I be worse after the operation?

• The knee does not bend after operation

What is it that I can do?

• You can walk, drive a car, swim, play golf, even ride a moped

• Some of them have gone back to bicycling

• You can climb stairs, go up & down hills

• You can sit on floor

• Some fitter patients can play light tennis also

What is it that I can't do?

• You will not be able to run or jump

• You will not be able to squat

• You will not be able to sit in fully crossed leg/ Padam asan