How successful is knee replacement surgery?
Overall, this has been a very successful and rewarding surgery. We do not recommend this operation for every patient of osteoarthritis. We offer this surgery only to select patients when our experts feel sure that the knee is badly damaged and the patient will benefit significantly from the surgery. Once they recover from the operation and experience its benefits, all our patients feel happy that they underwent the surgery. In the long term, more than 90% of patients do well for 15 to 20 years without the need for any further surgery. Hence, the chance of requiring a second operation after knee replacement in reality is very low
The Economics of Knee Replacement
Once considered a luxury for the elite, it is now well within the reach of the common man. The overall approximate expense for a single knee replacement ranges from 1.7 to 1.9 lakh rupees in the economy class of most hospitals, including high quality imported implants and medicines. Although many patients recover well on their own, some may need 5 to 8 sessions of physiotherapy. Simple inexpensive tablets are required for 3 to 6 months. Working patients can return to work in 4 to 6 weeks