There are many different procedures for surgery in the orthopaedic field, particularly for the knees.
There is ‘‘Joint Arthroplasty’ or ‘Knee Arthroplasty’, a term that describes a procedure whereby surgery is done to replace a damaged joint with artificial parts made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. It is also known as ‘joint replacement’ and can be total or partial. There is also a procedure called ‘ joint arthroscopy’ or ‘knee arthroscopy’ which is minimally invasive and uses a mini camera inserted into the joint through small incisions to diagnose and treat conditions and is considered minor surgery.
But do you need knee surgery? When do you need knee surgery? And what are the risks involved? Read on to find out more about knee surgeries in Singapore.
To understand the recommendation of either a knee replacement or knee arthroscopy in Singapore, you should understand the purpose of those procedures. Your orthopaedic surgeon should be able to explain to you why this procedure is better suited for your knee condition.
Some tell-tale signs may indicate that knee surgery in Singapore is necessary. Those signs are:
There may be other reasons that knee surgery is needed. If you have been struggling with a knee condition for a while and it is not getting better, you may need to consult an orthopaedic surgeon in Singapore.
In general, the benefits of orthopaedic surgery are:
More specifically, the surgery should target the root cause of your problem to see good benefits. How long the benefits last will also depend on the procedure as well as the aftercare of the patient.
For example, a knee arthroplasty or replacement should benefit a person by allowing them to regain their range of motion and reduce pain after fully recovering from the operation. A recent review showed that approximately 82% of total knee replacements and 70% of partial knee replacements last for about 25 years.
A ligament repair can help to reduce instability in the knee. Paired with appropriate strengthening and conditioning of the muscles around the knee joint after the surgery, this can also provide longer benefits as it prevents the recurrence of another injury to the same knee.
Asking your orthopaedic surgeon the success rate of the knee surgery procedures they have performed before can help you understand where you are at in terms of your age group and health history. Being younger usually means a faster recovery, though if you have other health conditions, this may also slow down healing. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to find out more.
The main risks that are involved are similar to any procedure that requires surgery, such as:
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks with you in detail if you choose to undergo a particular knee procedure.
Immediate recovery refers to the post-operative period where you have just finished your surgery and are preparing to be discharged. Again, this depends on the knee surgery that you undergo!
If you are experiencing acute swelling and pain, apply the R.I.C.E. principle until you can get to your orthopaedic surgeon – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If you are experiencing long-standing pain, gentle stretching and strengthening may help, but long-term pain may indicate a need for further assessment.
The cost of knee surgery in Singapore depends on your procedure type, cost of materials, and duration of stay in the hospital. It can cost anywhere from $6000 to $30,000 and should be discussed with your orthopaedic surgeon beforehand as cases differ from person to person! If you want to find out more about knee surgeries for your case, contact us at Dr Ananda Vella to book an appointment today.
Dr. Ananda Vella is a Singapore and Swiss-double-fellowship-trained MOH-accredited orthopaedic specialist consultant surgeon, As a former consultant from the Singapore General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital and with more than 20 years of experience, Dr Ananda treats a variety of orthopaedic bone and joint conditions, including in his subspecialty focus of foot and ankle conditions, hip and knee pains, as well as sports injuries. Dr Ananda is also well-versed in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including having performed the first lateral total ankle replacement surgery in South-east Asia to improve outcomes for patients with severe arthritis.
Dr Ananda regularly practices in 3 clinics across Singapore and is accredited to operate in all private hospitals in Singapore. Should you have any queries or need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Dr Ananda by WhatsApp at 8860 0642 for assistance. Alternatively, please leave us a message via the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.