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Fortis does Asia’s first custom knee replacement

Bangalore, August 24, 2010

Fortis Hospitals Bangalore, a leading hospital chain in India, has performed Asia's first custom fit knee replacement surgery on a number of patients.

Dr Sanjay Pai, chief orthopaedic surgeon, along with his team performed this revolutionary surgery for the first time in the Asian Continent by precisely matching the size and placement of the implant specific to the patients' knee size.

This procedure ensures lesser pain, less tissue damage, faster mobilization and longer lasting implant solution, a statement said.

"This new 'custom fit knee replacement surgery' enables the surgeon to offer better patient benefit through a higher precision knee replacement surgery leading to a better mobility as early as two weeks,” said Dr Sanjay Pai, chief consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Fortis Hospitals.

“With appropriate planning and more accuracy in surgical process it also reduces the operative time, infection rate and makes the life span of the implants better.”

“Our joint replacement centre through its world class expertise has become one of the leading centres in the Asian Continent. We have created rehabilitation and infection control protocols which provide faster recovery to our patients,” he added.

This procedure works on the principle that no two patients' knees are similar. With this technology the patient's knee is digitally recreated with the MRI /CT scan which are virtually transmitted to the development centre of the technology partner based in the US to create a 3D image mapping of the knee structure.

Based on this 3D model the customized template for the knee is created which is then sent back to the hospital for the final procedure.

This technology ensures far greater accuracy and reduces the operation time by almost 40 per cent and also results in less loss of bone and tissues, the statement said.

Even the patient name, gender and the site data are etched on each unit to confirm identification during the surgery thus making it truly personalised.

It takes about four weeks to get the custom fit instrumentation, the incision is just about four inches which itself minimises the pain. Infection, blood loss and tissue damage are also reduced to a great extent, according to the statement.

Specialized post-operative recovery procedure ensures that the patient achieves early and full mobility within days after his/her surgery.

Vishal Bali, chief executive officer, Fortis Hospitals said: "Fortis Hospitals has led in patient focused specialty care over the last two decades in India. We are glad to be Asia's first adapter of the custom fit technology in knee replacement which will revolutionize patient care.”

“Our affordable costs of this technology will not only benefit the Indian patients but also benefit patients across the globe,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




Tags: India | Bangalore | Surgery | Fortis Hospitals | Knee replacement |

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