Patient Experience: Should You Have Both Knee Replacement at the Same Time?
I am 76 year old and continued doing regular Yoga myself and also teach Yoga to my students. But I had gradual deterioration of both my knee function for at least 3 years. I was unable to walk when I came from New Delhi to Kolkata and met Dr Ujjwal K Debnath. He reassured me that I shall get a normal life back in 6 months time. He promised to do both the knee replacements surgery at the same time. He was right and after few days in the hospital, I recovered in my daughter’s home in Kolkata.
I am back in New Delhi home for last 6 months. I am quite pleased with the outcome and continue to do simple yoga positions and teach my students.
My advice to people who require both knee replacement surgery
Patient compliance is a very real necessity that can determine whether a patient successfully recovers or experiences difficulties with the new artificial joint. It is important to maintain reasonable expectations about bilateral total knee replacement recovery time and rehabilitation. Dr Debnath employs multimodal pain management that includes injections during the surgery that significantly reduce the patient’s pain levels for the first 48 hours after surgery, so they can be up and moving next day after surgery. And it also reduces the need for pain medications after surgery. Dr Debnath takes you through the whole process i.e. the procedure, pain management, post-op therapy. One can always feel confident talking to him
Mrs Nirmala Sinha, New Delhi
My suffering from Knee pain due to Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis!!
My journey with RA has been long. I was diagnosed having the condition in my early fifties. I was treated with medicines. But my knees started hurting a great deal. Doctors tried conservative treatment with all kinds of medical drugs. Generally patients like me with RA also experience pain which includes mechanical pain (like osteoarthritis), neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, side effects of treatment, as well as the psychosocial sequela from the disease like depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.
The disease progressed with time, slowly affecting both the knees. Gradually, my knees developed deformities, became very stiff and remained painful even at rest. I was given the option of knee replacement surgery as a last resort to restore movements, relieve pain and improve walking.
My acceptance for surgery
I accepted that I have to undergo Total Knee replacement surgery which will give me a new lease of life. My son took me to Dr U K Debnath, who has I believe has treated many patients like m abroad as well as in India. After discussing with Dr Debnath, I got reassurance of getting back to my feet once again.
He also said that there is risk of having complications since the bones around the joints have thinned out. There may be brittle bones which sometimes have adverse effect on the metallic knee components, thus increasing the risks of failure of the Total knee replacements.
But with grace of God and surgical skills of Dr Debnath, I didn’t face many problems. Dr Debnath mentioned that I will have to remain confined to bed for four weeks so that the bone heals up at the metal bone interface.
After six weeks, I stood up and started walking gradually. It’s already 9 months since my operation, and I have never looked back. I am so glad to have taken the decision for the knee replacement surgery. I recommend all of you with knee disease to get them replaced in good time. This will avoid such difficult situation or complications. I bless Dr Debnath with all my heart for making many such patients better with his excellent care and skills that he possesses.
Mrs S Parida, Kolkata