All over the world, researches were going on to make knee replacement safer, pain free, said Dr Harpreet S Gill, head of the orthopaedics department and joint replacement at SPS Apollo Hospital, who was invited to deliver a talk on “Maintenance of gaps in total knee replacement” at the recently concluded eight international symposium on Current Concepts in Knee and Shoulder Surgery in New Delhi.
In his lecture, Dr Gill stressed that the knee replacement had to be perfectly balanced so that it achieved pain-free motion. There should not be any instability of artificial knee and, thus it would last longer, he observed, adding, importantly a balanced knee replacement would last whole life of the patient.
Dr Gill said: “The main focus of the symposium was on sports-related injuries and knee replacement surgery. Eminent international faculty from Australia, the UK, Netherlands and the US participated in the conference and shared recent advances in shoulder and knee replacement surgeries taking place around the world.
“ Artificial knee replacement should mimic the natural movements of the knee. This is truer to the Indian population, as here socio-cultural needs for sitting cross-legged and squatting are quite prevalent,” he added.
“Around 500 orthopaedic surgeons from India and abroad attended the symposium and were shown 30 live surgeries showcasing recent developments in keyhole and minimally invasive joint surgeries.”
“Earlier patients of knee replacement used to take 2-3 months to recover and be on their feet. However, with the advent of keyhole surgical techniques and new implants, they are back on feet within days,” said Dr Gill.
Dr Gill has also been invited as knee replacement surgeon faculty at the UP arthroplasty course to be held in Kanpur on March 2 and 3.