Revolutionary knee replacement surgery used successfully

19th April 2011

A 75-year-old has become the first patient in India to benefit from revolutionary new knee replacement surgery, which uses CT scans instead of MRI technology.

The surgery, which is said to be more accurate, offers less bone loss, and boasts a shorter recovery time than traditional treatment, was pioneered in America several months ago, Business Standard reported.

It works by taking advanced pictures of the joint using a CT scanner, which identifies the correct implant size and placement for each individual knee. Moulds are then made from the images, which result in a much more accurate and more natural knee.

Dr Nitiraj Oberoi, senior consultant of orthopaedics at the hospital, said: "This new technique eliminates 22 steps during the surgery as compared to a conventional surgery. It also means reduced infections, anaesthesia requirements, blood loss, faster recovery and a longer lasting implant solution."

The new technique can be particularly helpful for patients suffering from arthritis, or those who have suffered from a severe knee injury or infection.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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