The Gender specific or woman special knee is meant to improve overall function after a knee replacement in women. Women constitute 60 percent of patients undergoing a total knee replacement for knee osteoarthritis in India. Until now knee implants used were designed on the average measurements of knee sizes of men & women. The Gender special or Woman special knee is the only knee implant specifically designed for women.
It is based upon findings presented at the meeting of biomedical and biomechanical engineers in the US. It was first introduced in the US in 2006 and has been launched in India in April 2007. Patients have reported a rapid relief from pain and earlier return of function. They needed hospital shorter hospital stays.
Anatomic differences between the two sexes have been acknowledged for long but only recently applied to design of orthopedic implants says the Surgeon. The gender knee is based on the anatomical facts that the thigh bone or femur in women is narrower from side to side, the knee cap rides on a more oblique line and the lower end of the front of the thigh bone is less prominent.
The surgical technique is not significantly different.
The new knee prosthesis can be implanted through the highly successful technique of minimally invasive or Less invasive surgery in which the incision is only 4- 5 inches long. This woman knee prosthesis also allows high flexion. Post operative pain is significantly reduced and hence patients can be discharged from hospital within a week.
Women who have undergone this gender knee replacement are very satisfied with the result at one year of follow up.
Dr. A. K. Venkatachalam, MS, DNB, FRCS (UK), MCh. (Liverpool)has worked with leading Knee surgeons in the UK, Belgium and Dubai earlier. He is affiliated to the Bharathiraja hospital. Recovery from surgery is no longer a painful ordeal as expert anesthetists provide effective anesthesia and pain relief to inpatients. The intensive care unit is monitored by alert physicians round the clock and multi specialty referrals are readily available. There are well qualified physiotherapists to help you recover quickly from surgery.
Our track record
We have had the pleasure of treating patients from the USA, UK, Bangladesh recently and these numbers are increasing. Knee replacements are performed using the most modern techniques and prostheses. Amongst others the following procedures are routinely performed.
Total knee replacement- normal and high flexion
Unicondylar knee replacement
Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
Osteotomy for osteo arthritis and knee cap problem