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Hip and Knee Replacements Becoming More Patient-friendly

Minimally invasive techniques for total knee replacement are becoming the order of the day, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Eric Randle from the John Flynn Hospital, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Australia said at Bangalore Friday.

He was talking to the medical fraternity while demonstrating RP-F technology (high flexion rotating platform system) along with Dr. Sanjay Pai, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals.

The demonstration and a workshop on the technology marked the opening of the Workhardts Centre for Joint Replacement.

The two doctors explained the multiple benefits this innovative technology offers to patients.

Detailing the new treatment modalities, Dr. Randle said, "Globally the technology around joint replacements is moving towards a combination of new techniques, more patient friendly joints and higher patient care. Surgeons are refining techniques or developing new ones to try to improve the outcomes. Joint Replacement Surgeries that engage minimally invasive techniques have reduced post-operative pain and morbidity to the patient. Rehabilitation is also faster.

Wockhardt's Centre for Joint Replacement offers to patients a comprehensive care model with low complication rates and less hospitalization time. The primary focus of this centre is to offer to patients new generation joints through minimal access surgery - a technique that offers numerous patient benefits. The centre has dedicated pain-relief therapists who work with all joint-replacement patients as a part of post -operative recovery.

The centre also claims that infection rate will be minimal there and that surgeons would wear specially designed suits (resembling space-suits) while operating.

"Joint replacement basically means replacing painful, arthritic, worn or diseased parts of the joint with artificial metal and plastic surfaces so as to allow joint movement. Traditionally, this is d
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