What is the Smart Knee Replacement technique and benefits?
Smart knee replacement is fast track knee recover technique. Its a precise way of doing knee replacement surgery which ensures a consistent and reproducible outcome to the surgeon and a higher level of satisfaction to the patient. SMART technique ensures minimal blood loss, hence no requirement for blood transfusion. The major advantage is immediate post operative pain relief enabling the patients to walk within 4.00 to 5.00 hours after surgery.
Painless surgery motivates the psychology of the patient to ambulate early and climb stairs on the day one. The rehabilitation in SMART knee replacement is faster as compared to conventional knee replacement thus facilitating discharge on day two. Patient can return to normal life in 15 days after surgery. On testing the results of SMART knee replacements, the complications like deep vein thrombosis and infection rate has significantly reduced making knee replacement a safer procedure at all age groups
Is there any age limits for Smart knee replacements?
The hospital, the surgeon and his team must be well equipped and trained in handling extreme age group patients. If knee osteoarthritis is severe and has affected the quality of life, then age is not a limit for doing a knee replacement.
How long the done smart knee replacements last?
A well done surgery and with available implants qualities, a knee replacement should last 20 to 25 years without any problems. When failed after 25 years, revision (redo) surgery is options available nowadays and that can last for 15 to 20 years.
Can knee replacements be done in all hospitals?
For doing smart knee replacements, special Operation Theater like clean air laminar (class 100) flow theaters and personal protection space suits are required to reduce dreadful complication like infections. Ensure the team and the hospital does high volume of knee replacement surgeries to have safe and successful procedure with predicted outcomes.