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one by way of a large incision in the joint. Minimally invasive surgeries on the other hand, result in a smaller scar and have the further benefits of less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, shorter recovery time and better motion." explains Dr. Sanjay Pai.

"Minimally invasive approach is a different way of performing the surgery. For example, for a knee joint, the incision is only 4 inches to 6 inches long. This means that potentially there will be less damage to the tissue around the knee. Using the current techniques, 90 percent to 95 percent of knee joint replacements should last 15 years or longer." Dr. Randle adds.

"Sophisticated technology including computer navigation and imaging, coupled with robotically assisted technology for advanced joint replacement surgery and hip resurfacing enable us to provide high end care to our patients. We have initiated several focused programs that would benefit patients suffering from joint problems, such as conscientiously working towards bringing infection rates down. We will also be starting 'specialty clinics' for each joint in about two months. This will allow patients to have single window access to multiple disciplines pertaining to his or her problem, Dr. Sanjay Pai said.

"What joint replacement means for patients is a significant improvement in the quality of life. Simple pleasures like walking, standing and participating in favorite hobbies become difficult if not impossible. When pain and discomfort cannot be alleviated by diet, exercise or medications, it may be time to consider joint replacement, says Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, Head, Wockhardt Hospitals, Bangalore.

In December last year a UK team of doctors performed a live hip and knee surgery at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

The Joint Replacement Unit of Apollo Hospitals had developed a team of specialised surgical consultants, anaesthetists, physiotherapists and counsellors, who will cater to t
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