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Bilateral Knee Replacement Surgery in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. Our Department of Orthopedics is led by a team of best orthopedic surgeons in Dubai, who are British and German Board Certified. We are committed to delivering top-tier medical care using the latest advancements in surgical procedures, ensuring exemplary patient outcomes, which makes us the best orthopedic hospital in Dubai.

Bilateral knee replacement surgery involves the replacement of both knee joints in a single surgical session. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring the patient is completely unconscious and pain-free during the surgery. The surgeon begins by making an incision over the knee to expose the joint. The damaged portions of the knee joint are then removed and replaced with artificial implants made of metal and plastic components designed to mimic the function of a natural knee.

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Each knee replacement can take about 2 to 3 hours, and performing both replacements consecutively ensures that the patient undergoes a single recovery period rather than enduring two separate surgeries and recovery times. The use of advanced surgical techniques and precision instruments at Emirates Hospitals Group minimizes tissue damage and enhances the alignment and function of the new joints.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for Bilateral Knee Replacement

Bilateral knee replacement is usually considered when both knee joints are severely affected by conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis. Key symptoms indicating the need for this procedure include:

  1. Severe Pain: Persistent and severe knee pain that limits daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs.
  2. Stiffness: Stiffness in the knees that restricts the range of motion and makes it difficult to bend or straighten the knees.
  3. Swelling: Chronic swelling around the knee joints that does not subside with rest or medication.
  4. Deformity: Noticeable deformities such as bowing in or out of the knees.
  5. Failed Conservative Treatments: Ineffectiveness of conservative treatments such as medications, physical therapy, and injections.

Diagnosis of Knee Conditions

The process of diagnosing the need for bilateral knee replacement begins with a comprehensive evaluation by our orthopedic specialists. This includes:

  1. Medical History and Physical Examination: Detailed medical history to understand the patient’s symptoms, previous treatments, and overall health, followed by a physical examination to assess knee function, alignment, and range of motion.
  2. Imaging Studies: X-rays are the primary imaging technique used to evaluate the extent of joint damage and deformities. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may be necessary to provide a more detailed view of the knee structures.
  3. Assessment of Daily Activities: Evaluating the impact of knee pain on the patient’s daily activities and overall quality of life to determine the necessity and timing of surgery.

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Recovery Process and Protocols

Recovery from bilateral knee replacement surgery involves a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed to ensure the best possible outcomes. The recovery process includes:

  1. Hospital Stay: Patients typically stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days post-surgery. During this time, pain management, wound care, and initial physical therapy are provided.
  2. Physical Therapy: A critical component of recovery, physical therapy begins within 24 hours after surgery. The goal is to improve knee strength, flexibility, and function. Therapy continues for several weeks to months, both in outpatient settings and at home.
  3. Pain Management: Effective pain control is essential for a smooth recovery. Pain medications, including opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and local anesthetics, are used as needed.
  4. Activity and Exercise: Gradual increase in activity levels, including walking with the help of a walker or crutches initially, and progressing to more demanding exercises as strength and mobility improve.
  5. Follow-Up Care: Regular follow-up appointments with the orthopedic surgeon to monitor the healing process, address any complications, and adjust the rehabilitation plan as necessary.

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At Emirates Hospitals Group, our commitment to patient care extends beyond surgery. Our dedicated team of orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation specialists work collaboratively to ensure that each patient achieves the best possible outcomes, regaining their mobility and improving their quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bilateral knee replacement surgery is a procedure in which both knee joints are replaced simultaneously during a single surgical session. This approach is ideal for patients with severe damage in both knees and offers the advantage of a single recovery period.

Ideal candidates are typically those suffering from severe arthritis or other joint diseases in both knees that significantly impact their mobility and quality of life. Patients should be in good overall health to undergo a more extensive surgery and recovery process.

Benefits include improved mobility and pain relief in both knees, a single anesthesia event, and one recovery period instead of two separate surgeries and recoveries. This can lead to a quicker overall return to normal activities.

The recovery period can vary, but patients typically stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days post-surgery. Initial recovery, including physical therapy and mobility with assistance, usually takes about 6 to 12 weeks, with full recovery and return to normal activities typically occurring within 3 to 6 months.

As with any major surgery, there are risks, including infection, blood clots, and complications related to anesthesia. However, our team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at Emirates Hospitals Group uses the latest techniques and protocols to minimize these risks and ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Last update date: 25-06-2024

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