Same-Day (Day Case) Knee Replacement

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Same Day (Day Case) Knee Replacement in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. We pride ourselves on being the best orthopedic hospital in Dubai, led by a team of top orthopedic surgeons who are British and German Board Certified. Our Department of Orthopedics is renowned for its excellence, utilizing the latest advancements in medical technology and surgical techniques to provide unparalleled patient care. One of our specialized services is day case knee replacement surgery, a revolutionary approach designed to offer the benefits of knee replacement with the convenience of same-day discharge.

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Day case knee replacement surgery, also known as outpatient or same-day knee replacement, is a minimally invasive procedure that allows patients to return home on the same day of their surgery. The process begins with a thorough pre-operative assessment to ensure the patient is a suitable candidate. On the day of the surgery, the patient is administered spinal or general anesthesia to ensure comfort and pain-free surgery.

The orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision over the knee to access the damaged joint. Advanced surgical techniques and specialized instruments are used to remove the damaged cartilage and bone, which are then replaced with a prosthetic implant designed to replicate the function of a natural knee. The minimally invasive approach reduces tissue damage, leading to less pain and quicker recovery

The key aspects of the surgery are:

  • Smaller Incision: Compared to a traditional knee replacement, a smaller incision is used, minimizing tissue damage and promoting faster healing.
  • Faster Techniques: Surgical techniques are optimized for efficiency, leading to shorter surgery times, which further reduces the risk of complications associated with prolonged procedures.
  • Pain Management Strategies: Advanced pain management protocols, including regional anesthesia and multimodal pain control strategies, allow for effective pain control without the need for prolonged hospitalization.

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Symptoms Indicating the Need for the Procedure

Day case knee replacement surgery is typically recommended for patients experiencing severe knee pain and functional limitations that significantly impact their quality of life. Key symptoms indicating the need for this procedure include:

  1. Persistent Knee Pain: Chronic pain that interferes with daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and standing.
  2. Limited Mobility: Reduced range of motion and stiffness in the knee that affects the ability to perform routine tasks.
  3. Swelling and Inflammation: Ongoing swelling around the knee joint that does not respond to conservative treatments.
  4. Joint Deformity: Visible deformities such as bowing in or out of the knee.
  5. Ineffectiveness of Conservative Treatments: Failure of non-surgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, and injections to provide adequate relief.

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How the Condition is Diagnosed

Diagnosing the need for day case knee replacement surgery involves a comprehensive evaluation by our experienced orthopedic specialists. The diagnostic process includes:

  1. Medical History and Physical Examination: A detailed review of the patient’s medical history and a physical examination to assess knee function, alignment, and range of motion.
  2. Imaging Studies: X-rays are used to evaluate the extent of joint damage and determine the need for surgery. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may be performed for a more detailed view of the knee structures.
  3. Evaluation of Daily Impact: Assessment of how knee pain and mobility issues affect the patient’s daily life and activities to determine the necessity and timing of surgery.

Recovery Process and Protocols

The recovery process for day case knee replacement surgery is designed to be swift and effective, ensuring patients can quickly return to their normal activities. The recovery protocol includes:

  1. Post-Operative Care: Patients receive detailed instructions on wound care, medication, and activity levels before being discharged. Pain management is crucial, with medications prescribed to control discomfort.
  2. Physical Therapy: Early mobilization and physical therapy begin on the day of surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk with assistance and perform gentle exercises to enhance knee function and prevent stiffness.
  3. Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up visits with the orthopedic surgeon to monitor progress, address any complications, and adjust the rehabilitation plan as needed.
  4. Home Exercise Program: Patients are provided with a personalized home exercise program to continue their recovery and strengthen the knee joint.
  5. Gradual Return to Activities: As the recovery progresses, patients can gradually increase their activity levels, aiming to return to normal activities within a few weeks. Full recovery and return to strenuous activities typically occur within three to six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Day case knee replacement surgery, also known as outpatient or same-day knee replacement, is a minimally invasive procedure where the damaged knee joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant. Patients can return home on the same day of surgery, avoiding an overnight hospital stay.

Suitable candidates typically have moderate to severe knee arthritis or joint damage that significantly affects mobility and quality of life. They should be in good overall health and meet specific criteria determined by our orthopedic specialists.

Benefits include reduced hospital stay and associated costs, faster recovery, minimal disruption to daily routines, and decreased risk of hospital-acquired infections. The procedure also offers comparable outcomes to traditional knee replacement surgery.

The surgery itself usually takes around 1 to 2 hours per knee. Patients typically spend a few hours in the recovery room before being discharged. Recovery time varies, but most patients can resume light activities within a few days and achieve full recovery within several weeks to months.

Last update date: 25-06-2024

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