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Apollo Hospitals, introduced OrthAlign, a new technique for knee replacement surgery

26 May 2016

Dr. Madhan Mohan Reddy, Sr. Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Dr. Vivekananda Reddy , Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon , Dr. S.K. Meeravali , Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, described the revolutionary concept of computer assisted knee replacement and segmental knee replacement for early knee arthritis. Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Nellore, Department of Orthopaedics has completed 150 Orthopaedic and Knee replacement surgeries successfully.

Computer assisted Total knee replacement is performed only in a handful of centres in India and Apollo Hospitals is one among them. The success of the total knee replacement (TKR) surgery depends on several factors, and one of the important factors is component and limb alignment after surgery. Several studies have proved that malalignment of the component and limb influences the long-term success of total knee replacement. Computer navigation helps in accurate placement of components and in achieving the desired limb alignment compared to conventional TKR. Further ligament imbalance is another factor which can increase polyethylene wear and influence long term outcome after TKR. Computer navigation helps in achieving a better ligament balance with great accuracy. In addition, computer navigation is of great help in patients who are very obese, who have deformed bones by nature or because of previous injury. Other benefits of computer assisted knee replacement.

  • Minimum blood loss
  • Faster recovery
  • Early discharge from hospital
  • Improved knee function

Dr. Madhan Mohan Reddy, Sr. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, said "By changing only the affected compartment, the bones of the unaffected compartments and the important ligaments of the knee joint are preserved resulting in normal knee function like that of a natural knee. In addition the recovery period after surgery is very short and less painful.