ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Our joints are vital to how we live and, once they become damaged, even doing the smallest thing can be painful. Knee and hip replacement surgery could help to take the pain out of your joints and let you get back to living life to the fullest. Both surgeries are common procedures that our partnering surgeons perform on daily basis.

Orthopedic surgery should be followed by post-op rehabilitation, which forms important part of the healing process.

 

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Knee replacement surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic (you're asleep throughout the procedure).

The worn ends of the bones in your knee joint are removed and replaced with metal and plastic parts (a prosthesis) which have been measured to fit.

You may have either a total or a half-knee replacement (see below). This will depend on how damaged your knee is. Total knee replacements are the most common.

In a total knee replacement (TKR), both sides of your knee joint are replaced. The procedure takes one to three hours:

  • Your surgeon makes a cut down the front of your knee to expose your kneecap. This is then moved to the side so the surgeon can get to the knee joint behind it.

  • The damaged ends of your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) are carefully cut away. The ends are precisely measured and shaped to fit the appropriately sized prosthetic replacement. A dummy joint is positioned to test that the joint is working properly. Adjustments are made, the bone ends are cleaned, and the final prosthesis is fitted.

  • The end of your femur is replaced by a curved piece of metal, and the end of your tibia is replaced by a flat metal plate. These are fixed using special bone 'cement', or are treated to encourage your bone to fuse with the replacement parts. A plastic spacer is placed between the pieces of metal. This acts like cartilage, reducing friction as your joint moves.

  • The back of the knee cap may also be replaced, depending on the reasons for replacement.

  • The wound is closed with either stitches or clips and a dressing is applied to the wound. In rare cases a splint is used to keep your leg immobile, but you're usually encouraged to move your knee as early as possible.

Total knee replacement is a common procedure and the replacement should last around 15-20 years.

However, you're still likely to have some difficulty moving, especially bending your knee, and kneeling may be difficult because of the scar.

HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

A hip replacement is a common type of surgery where a damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis).
Adults of any age can be considered for a hip replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80.
A modern artificial hip joint is designed to last for at least 15 years. Most people experience a significant reduction in pain and some improvement in their range of movement.
A hip replacement can be carried out under a general anaesthetic (where you're asleep during the procedure).
The surgeon makes an incision into the hip, removes the damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint made of a metal alloy or, in some cases, ceramic.
The surgery usually takes around 60-90 minutes to complete.
Once you've been anaesthetised, the surgeon removes the existing hip joint completely. The upper part of the thigh bone (femur) is removed and the natural socket for the head of the femur is hollowed out.
A socket is fitted into the hollow in the pelvis. A short, angled metal shaft (the stem) with a smooth ball on its upper end (to fit into the socket) is placed into the hollow of the thigh bone. The cup and the stem may be pressed into place or fixed with acrylic cement.
Metal-on-metal hip resurfacing is carried out in a similar way. The main difference is that less of the bone is removed from the femur as only the joint surfaces are replaced with metal inserts.

 

PRICES FOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

The price agreed at time of booking will include your surgery, consultation with the surgeon and other specialists necessary to your procedure, any pre-operative tests the surgeon requires, accommodation at the hospital/clinic depending on surgery requirements, transfers from the airport to the accommodation on arrival and the reverse transfer for departure, post-operative follow-up consultations with the surgeon and BodyClinique and support garments (cosmetic surgery). You are liable for any other costs that you incur such as additional meals, use of telephone etc. at the hotel, or stay at accommodation not booked through ourselves. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

 

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