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When you’re suffering from knee arthritis and non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, medication and injections don’t bring relief, Dr Chandrasekaran’s team may recommend a knee replacement. Melbourne locals can contact the team at MOATI to book a consultation to see if a knee replacement is the right procedure for you.

Difference between a partial knee replacement and a total knee replacement

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Chandrasekaran will recommend you either have a partial or total knee replacement. The condition of your knee joint will determine which type of surgery you require.

Partial Knee Replacement

If you’ve caught the arthritic damage early, you may be eligible for a partial knee replacement. This is where the disease has not progressed to all 3 compartments of the arthritic knee, allowing the surgeon to replace fewer parts.

Total Knee Replacement

If you’re suffering from severe arthritic knee pain or chronic knee inflammation, it’s likely you’ll need a total knee replacement. During this procedure your surgeon will replace all 3 compartments of the knee.

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New knee components are fixed to the bone using either bone cement or coated synthetic.

What causes the need for a total knee replacement?

Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for a total knee replacement, as the joint cartilage gradually wears away, causing severe knee pain. If the disease has progressed to all 3 main compartments of the knee, it’s likely your surgeon will recommend a total knee replacement.

Indications you need a total knee replacement

If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain in your knee joint and other treatments like physiotherapy, injections or any other treatments haven’t helped, there’s a chance you’ll need a total knee replacement. Dr. Chandrasekaran will be able to determine the best course of action after assessing your condition.

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of knee arthritis, in which the joint cartilage of the thigh bone and shin bone gradually wears away, causing severe knee pain.

Benefits of knee surgery

Knee replacements can significantly improve your quality of life. They can relieve pain, correct leg deformity, restore knee movement and enable you to resume your regular everyday activities. Undergoing any surgical procedure can be daunting but the benefits of a knee replacement are clear to see.

How do partial and total knee replacement surgeries in Melbourne work?

Dr Chandrasekaran will guide you through your surgery from your initial consultation, all the way through to your post-operative care:

Consultation

During your consultation, Dr Chandrasekaran will discuss your medical history, inspect your knee and your X-rays and possibly take some blood tests, in order to determine which procedure is suitable for you.

Procedure

The two surgical procedures are slightly different, depending on the condition of your affected knee:

Partial Knee Replacement

In a unicondylar knee replacement, only one area (or compartment) of the joint is replaced.

A patellofemoral knee replacement replaces the kneecap (or patella) and the grove at the lower end of the thigh bone (or femur). Whereas a bicompartmental knee replacement affects two compartments of the knee – the inside (medial) and knee cap.

Total Knee Replacement

During total knee replacement, your surgeon removes the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and replaces them with metal and plastic components referred to as the prosthesis or implant. The implant is designed to replace the function of a healthy knee.

Postoperative care

Before surgery, Dr Chandrasekaran will go through your post-operative care in great detail. You may experience the most swelling 7 to 10 days after surgery and the best way to alleviate it is to apply ice for 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. It’s also recommended to elevate your leg above the level of your heart (by placing a pillow under your calf or ankle), as much as possible during this time.

How much does partial and total knee replacement surgery cost in Melbourne?

The total cost of your knee replacement surgery will depend on which procedure you require. Dr Chandrasekaran will be able to provide full details of the personal cost to you at your initial consultation.

Why choose MOATI for your total knee replacement surgery?

Dr. Chandrasekaran is a highly regarded and extremely experienced orthopaedic surgeon. He is a specialist in knee joint replacement surgery, having carried out hundreds of procedures and has also had a great number of articles published on the subject.

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If you have any more questions regarding knee replacement surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our most frequently asked questions may also provide you with any additional information you need.

FAQs

If you have any more questions regarding knee replacement surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our most frequently asked questions may also provide you with any additional information you need.

The most common age group for knee replacements are between 50 to 70 years. However, patients over the age of 70 may also benefit immensely from the procedure.

A knee replacement is a major surgical procedure and is usually only recommended if other non-surgical treatment options haven’t helped to relieve pain or improve mobility.

The surgery is carried out using an anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the operation. However, after surgery, you will feel some discomfort, as is normal with any surgical procedure.

A knee replacement is either performed under general anaesthetic (where you are asleep) or spinal anaesthetic or epidural (where you're awake but have no feeling from the waist down). The type of anaesthetic used for your procedure will be discussed during your consultation.

You will need to use a walking aid (usually crutches) after surgery and will be able to walk on your own usually 4 to 8 weeks after surgery.

On average the knee implants used for a knee replacement last about 15 to 20 years.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks such as infection, deep vein thrombosis, and nerve or blood vessel damage. However, when carried out by a highly experienced surgeon like Dr Chandrasekaran, it’s considered a safe and effective procedure.

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