Total Knee Replacement Surgery U/L

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Knee Replacement Surgery cost varies all across the world, where countries like the US, Australia and Canada provide the treatment at high prices. In countries like Taiwan,India, and Mexico Total Knee Replacement Surgery is far more affordable and is now offered at premium quality heathcare services.The knee joint is the largest joint in the body that aids in the mobility. During a knee replacement surgery, the diseased or damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint made of metal or plastic. Your doctor would recommend a knee replacement surgery to you if you have a progressive pain even during sitting and lying down that leads to decreased or painful mobility.

Conditions that require a Knee Replacement Surgery

The joint ailments that may trigger a need for knee replacement surgery include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Knee deformities
  • Osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis
  • Swelling or inflammation that does not decrease

Depending on whether just one or both the knees are affected, a surgeon may conduct unilateral or bilateral knee replacement surgery. A unilateral knee replacement surgery refers to the removal of the diseased or damaged joint of a single knee and its replacement with prosthesis.

A unilateral knee replacement surgery can be recommended to an individual from any age group, depending on the extent of pain and immobility. The surgery helps provide relief from pain and immobility.

Types of Knee Replacement Surgeries

Total knee replacement surgery:

In total knee replacement surgery, the whole knee joint is removed and replaced with the artificial knee joint.

Partial knee replacement surgery:

The partial knee replacement or unicompartmental surgery involves the replacement of only the damaged part of the knee joint.

Minimally invasive surgery:

The total knee replacement surgery and partial knee replacement surgery can be performed by a minimally invasive procedure. This is an advanced surgical procedure that involves three to five-inch incision or smaller, which causes less pain and fast recovery whereas the usual traditional procedure involves 8 to 12-inch incision.

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Before the Treatment

  • Medical evaluation is performed before the scheduled of the surgery
  • Diagnostic tests (Blood tests, Urine tests, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Chest X-ray)
  • Past medical and medication history
  • Alternative therapies
  • Your doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your muscles that involve fast recovery after surgery.
  • Gaining knowledge about the procedure
  • You must talk to a person who has had unilateral knee replacement surgery before. This helps you to gain knowledge about the surgical procedure and builds confidence.

Knee Replacement Pre-Operation Costs

Following are some of the factors for of Pre Operation Costs for Knee Replacement Surgery: 

  • Blood Test
  • Blod Sugar Test
  • Liver Function Test (LFT)
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood-Sugar Test
  • Electro Cardiogram Test (ECG)
  • Bone Density in terms of Minerals and Bone Structure

    The orthopedic surgeon will also provide the list of all of the above Tests which he requires before he can make a decision to perform the surgery. The cost for the same is USD $100- USD $250.

    In addition to the above, the knee replacement surgeon may perform an arthroscopic knee surgery to look into the knee before unilateral knee replacement surgery. Arthroscopic knee surgery may also be conducted to treat problems associated with the knee. During arthroscopic knee surgery, a tiny incision is made to insert a camera and surgical tools.

How it is Performed

  • You will be instructed to not to eat or drink anything for 6 to 12 hours before the surgery. Anesthesia will be administered to you. Either general anaesthesia or spinal anaesthesia is used. General anaesthesia makes you unconscious during the procedure and spinal anaesthesia causes numbness of the lower part of your body.
  • Then the front side of the affected knee is cleaned with an antiseptic and an 8 to 12 inch or 3 to 5 inch (minimally invasive surgery) incision is made on your knee. The quadriceps muscle is detached from your kneecap. The kneecap is removed and metal or plastic parts prosthesis is attached using cement or other fixing material.
  • The duration of the procedure is approximately one to three hours. After the procedure, the nurse will monitor you for one to two hours in the recovery room. Intravenous fluids and blood transfusion may be required to replenish the fluids lost during the surgery.
  • Physical therapy will be initiated after the day of the surgery to improve the range of motion of the joint. Assistive devices can be used to pursue a normal daily life.


The following should be ensured to minimize knee replacement recovery time

  • You should avoid falls and perform physical therapy for fast recovery and increase the range of motion.
  • Use raised toilet seats for greater comfort.
  • You should use a comfortable chair and foot stool that elevates your leg.
  • Perform knee strengthening exercises that increase your muscle strength and mobility.
  • Keep your wound clean and dry to prevent infection.

Cost Comparison

Cost of Unilateral Knee Replacement in India

Unilateral knee replacement surgery cost differs from one country to the other. Unilateral knee replacement cost in India is much less than any other country in the world and is significantly less than the Western countries.

It is estimated that unilateral knee replacement in India can be availed in just one-tenth the cost of the procedure in the US. The cost of knee replacement surgery in India is less and highly affordable despite the fact that the hospitals in the country use the highest quality of prosthesis and implants. This is the reason why India is regarded as one of the best countries for knee replacement surgery.

Factors for Variations in Knee Replacement Cost

There can also be variations in the Cost of Unilateral Knee Replacement Surgery in India and abroad ranging from the quality of the implants to the quality of the hospital. Check the same below: 

  • Choice of Knee Implants: The kind and quality of knee implants can be a major cost variation factor for Knee Replacement Surgery. There are several choices of implants available in the country. Some of the Knee Implants available are : 
    a. ) NexGen LPS from Zimmer
    b.) Oxinium implants from Smith and Nephew
    c. ) F.C. from Depuy Synthes (Johnson and Johnson)
    d.) Scorpio NRG from Stryker
    e.) Vanguard from Biomet

  • Surgeons' Expertise: The level, experience and competency of a Surgeon is also one of the factors affceting the cost of surgery. A doctor charges for skill and his/her expertise. Patients' choices might vary from choosing the best specialist in the city to looking for a Surgeon with experience under an affordable budget.

  • Hospital Costs: Apart from the actual surgery taking place for Knee Replacement there are many other costs which are accrued during the hospital stay. Post Surgery Physiotherapy, Visit to the surgeon and medication (if required ) are also price points to be kept in mind.

The cost of knee surgery in India, however, depends on several factors. The type of implant used, surgeon’s fees and experience, hospitalization stay duration, and the level of rehabilitation required are some of the leading factors. The following table indicates the cost of total knee surgery in India (unilateral) and some of the most popular medical tourism destinations:

Cost of Unilateral Knee Replacement in India and Abroad

Treatment cost in India: 3900
Treatment cost in Turkey: 5500
Treatment cost in United Arab Emirates: 10500
Treatment cost in Thailand: 9000
Treatment cost in Israel: 19000
Treatment cost in Singapore: 18800
Treatment cost in Saudi Arabia: n/a
Treatment cost in South Africa: n/a
Treatment cost in Tunisia: 9800
Treatment cost in Greece: 12000
Treatment cost in Czechia: 10400
Treatment cost in Hungary: 6000
Treatment cost in Lebanon: n/a
Treatment cost in Lithuania: 9200
Treatment cost in Poland: 8000
Treatment cost in Switzerland: n/a
Treatment cost in United Kingdom: 25000
Treatment cost in Malaysia: 13000
Treatment cost in Morocco: 12000
Treatment cost in South Korea: 16000
Treatment cost in Spain: n/a
Treatment cost in United States: n/a

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Q. What is the time duration of theunilateral knee replacement surgery?

A. The surgery may take one to two hours to complete.

Q. For how long should I use the bandage after surgery?

A. The bandage can be used for one week until the wound is dry and should be changed daily with a new dry sterile gauze.

Q. What are the uses of knee replacement surgery?

A. Knee replacement surgery eases pain and increases the joint mobility without causing pain and discomfort.

Q. Is any special equipment required after the surgery?

A. A CPM machine might be required for the first few days after surgery to increase the range of motion. The mobility devices like crutches and walkers can be used.

Q. Can I resume my daily activities like before?

A. Normal daily activities can be done alongwith muscle strengthening exercises. Running, jumping, and bicycling should be avoided.


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