Mr Rohit Jain is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon offering knee replacement surgery in Kent. The practice is one of the most common surgeries involving the bones.
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure which allows damaged joints to be replaced with artificial components. These elements are usually made from metal and polyethene. Materials like acrylic cement can also be used in the procedure. During the surgery, the surfaces of both the thigh bone and the shinbone are replaced.
You are generally a good candidate for total knee replacement surgery in Kent if your knee joint has become damaged, leading to progressive pain and an impaired function.
Osteoarthritis is among the most common reasons for total knee replacement being needed. This is a condition that involves the deterioration of the cartilage, leading to insufficient cushioning for the knee joint. It may also be a suitable treatment is if you have rheumatoid arthritis or have broken a bone.
Knee Replacement Surgery in Kent – the Procedure
Either regional anaesthetic (which numbs your body from the waist down) or general anaesthetic (which makes you unconscious) is administered for a total knee replacement. An intravenous antibiotic is given before the procedure, as well as during and after it. You could also be given a nerve block to numb your knee. The numbness subsides gradually following the operation.
During the procedure itself, your knee would usually be put in a bent position in order to expose all of the joint’s surfaces. The surgeon will begin by making an incision around 6-10’’ long before the kneecap can be moved aside and the damaged joint surfaces can be cut away. Then the surgeon secures the artificial joint pieces and tests the knee function. Total knee replacement surgery usually takes around two hours to complete.
Following the procedure, you would typically be taken to a recovery room for about two hours. After this you would be moved to a hospital room where you will stay from one to two days. To relieve pain, you may be prescribed medication by your doctor. You will receive instructions on aftercare prior to leaving to ensure the surgery is successful as possible. More details on the aftercare can be found here.
Mr Rohit Jain is a fellowship-trained specialist in primary and revision hip & knee replacement surgery. He has a keen interest in Orthobiologics, young adult hip pathology, trauma, enhanced recovery surgery and rehabilitation.
The NHS Trust awarded him with the Clinical Excellence Award in 2019. This was for his genuine efforts in improving patient care and supporting teaching and training of young surgeons.
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