Marine consultant from Sussex
A 56 year old marine consultant underwent bilateral ( double unicondylar knee replacement in Chennai recently. He was miffed by the prolonged wait in the NHS and the private sector which could’nt give him a date till mid November. By having his knee repaired in India by Dr.Venkatachalam,he should be in shape to enjoy the Christmas vacation in the UK with his family and also save a lot of money. The operation will costed him 4500 pounds as compared to 6000 in the UK for a single side and 12000 pounds for bilateral partial knee replacements.he also enjoyed tax benefits for overseas surgery.
Advantages of Unicondylar knee replacment
In this operation, the orthopedic knee specialist replaces only one half of the joint, commonly the inner side which wears out in middle aged individuals in their fifties. The operation is performed by a minimally invasive incision about 3-4 inches long unlike a total knee replacement where it is 9- 12 inches long in an operation that lasts 1.5 hrs. Since the soft tissues like ligaments are spared , the knee feels more natural and normal activities like Squatting are possible. Recovery is also faster about 3- 5 days in hospital.Cost is lesser than a TKR.