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What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement surgery, also known as total knee replacement or knee arthroplasty, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to resurface the damaged knee. This surgery is suggested by orthopedic surgeons for patients who have severe arthritis, bone tumor or severe knee injury.

The goal of minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is to resurface the parts of the knee joint which have been damaged and to relieve chronic or constant knee pain which cannot be controlled by other non-surgical treatments. Unlike traditional total knee replacement, minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is apt for all patients. Consult highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at Pristyn Care who specialize in minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries such as total knee replacement, hip replacement, etc.

Knee replacement surgery is a common yet major orthopedic surgery which is used to replace the damaged or worn-out surfaces of the knee. During the surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will replace these damaged or worn out surfaces with an implant. This will relieve pain and maximise mobility, allowing increased knee motion.

When is total knee replacement surgery recommended?

Reasons why an orthopedic surgeons may recommend you knee replacement surgery may include-

  • Severe knee pain or stiffness which limits everyday activities, including walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs.
  • Inability to walk long distances or feeling the need to use a walking cane
  • Moderate or severe pain in knee even while resting
  • Chronic knee inflammation and swelling which does not improve with rest or prescribed medications
  • Knee deformity (evident bowing in or out of the knee)
  • Failure to substantially improve with other non surgical treatments such as medications, injections or physical therapy.


  • Indications for knee replacement
  • Best knee replacement implant brands in India
  • Knee replacement success rate
  • Exercises to do after knee replacement
  • Knee Replacement Alternatives
  • What not to do after knee replacement?

Indications for knee replacement

Significant pain related to osteoarthritis (especially with weight bearing)

Medial pain, with no significant pain in the anterior or lateral knee.

Flexion (inability to completely straighten the leg) greater than 120°.

Correctable varus deformity (condition that affects the alignment of bones in the legs)

Intact ACL and PCL (anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments).

X-ray showing predominant narrowing at one side of the joint.

Failure to respond to non-surgical care


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The orthopedic surgeon will ask you to have some tests before knee replacement surgery, including-

  • X-Ray
  • MRI
  • Echocardiogram

These imaging tests will help in better diagnosis of the condition, the surgeon will suggest the best suitable treatment option for you after evaluating your condition based on the test results.


The minimally invasive knee replacement procedure involves the use of modified techniques and surgical instruments to place the clinically proven implants through a small incision. The minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is performed through 1 small incision of 3- to 4 inch instead of a larger incision of 8- to 12-inch, as in case of the traditional surgery for knee replacement.

Potential benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement surgery include increased knee mobility and motion sooner after the surgery, lesser blood loss during the surgery, faster and easier recovery, much smaller scar and shorter hospital stay.

Why Pristyn Care ?

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

Assisted Surgery Experience

Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have knee arthritis?


If you have knee arthritis, you may have symptoms like pain that increases when physically active, but resolves with rest. You may also notice swelling or feel warmth in the knee joint. Knee stiffness is also reported by many patients with arthritis, especially in the morning or after sitting for a prolonged time. If you have signs of knee arthritis, give us a call or use the form present on this page to make an appointment with the best orthopedic doctors in Pune.

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Providing the best care and assistance for your knee replacement surgery in Pune

Knee pain is a common but very painful and complicated problem that most adults face especially if they are athletes or have a genetic problem like arthritis. When it comes to orthopedic surgeries, every patient has unique needs and goals. That is why, our orthopedic surgeons prioritise is to provide the best individual care for each patient, keeping in mind their needs and expectations from the surgery. Prior to the surgery, a thorough diagnosis and examination will be performed to address the patient’s condition, extent of pain, mobility, and other associated concerns.

If you are suffering from severe knee pain that affects your normal life, it may be time to consider having a knee replacement surgery. Our board certified orthopedic surgeons specializes in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery in Pune and have performed the procedure successfully on several patients, who are satisfied and happy with the outcomes. To undergo a successful knee replacement surgery with a rapid recovery, book an appointment with us today!

Speak to expert orthopedic doctors in Pune to undergo minimally invasive knee replacement surgery

Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is an innovative technique that uses small incisions and specially-designed surgical instruments to perform both simple and complex procedures making a large incision. Smaller incisions will enable the surgeon to preserve the healthy tissue and causes lesser trauma to the nearby tissue, muscles and tendons. As a result, the patient will come across fewer complications during the recovery and have a fast and more comfortable recovery.

Meet one of our orthopedic specialist in Pune-

Dr. Ishan R Shevate | MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics

Orthopedist, Spine And Pain Specialist, Joint Replacement Surgeon with 10 Years Experience Overall

Our renowned orthopedic doctors have substantial experience and training in performing minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedures using innovative and modern approaches with state-of-the-art technology for precise placement of the implant components through smaller incisions. Minimally-invasive surgical approach for knee replacement ensures that the patient achieves the best possible long-term outcomes and results and enjoys a pain free life ahead. If you or someone in your family is suffering from severe knee pain that never goes away, you should wait no more and speak to our orthopedic experts regarding your problem. We strive to provide you with the best possible treatment and care and would be happy to help you get a pain free life.

Suffering from degenerative knee disease? Our knee specialists are here to help

Degenerative knee joint disease, also known as OA (osteoarthritis), is the most common type of knee disease. Degenerative joint disease commonly occurs in the knee joint, hip joint, hands, and the spine.

Degenerative joint disease typically occurs with aging when the cartilage cushioning the bones breaks down and the bone surfaces are exposed and rub-down together, causing friction. This friction may cause general irritation and the joint region may become inflamed and painful, resulting in a loss of motion in the knee joint. Other complications of degenerative joint disease may include development of bone spurs around the affected knee or weakness and stiffness in the surrounding ligaments and muscles.

If you or your loved one is suffering from knee osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease in the knee, you may know how severely this disease can affect an individual's life. The loss of joint movement and function and knee pain can highly impact a person’s quality of life and might keep them from doing the things they enjoy. Our best knee doctor in Pune offers the most suitable and promising treatment options for chronic joint pain and other conditions, including joint replacement and reconstruction surgery. Your knee specialist will provide you with all the necessary information about your condition and available treatment options and will answer questions you may have to help you make a well-informed decision.

Common types of Knee Replacement

The 4 main types of knee replacement are-

  • Total knee replacement
  • Unicompartmental or partial knee replacement
  • Patellofemoral arthroplasty (kneecap replacement)
  • Revision (complex) knee replacement

There are several kinds of knee replacement surgeries and different surgical methods for performing the procedure. Your orthopaedic surgeon will help you to choose the best surgery for you, taking into account the condition of your knee, your general health, age and lifestyle.

Types of Knee Replacement Implants

There are different types of knee implants. The main difference between them is whether the implant replaces the entire knee joint or only some component of it. The most suitable type of knee implant suitable for will depend on various factors.

Artificial knee implants basically consist of the following parts-

  • A metal cap placed on the end of the thigh bone, after removal of the damaged joint surfaces.
  • A platform also called the tibial (lower leg) component (usually consisting of a metal alloy) that replaces the top surface of the lower leg.
  • A plastic spacer made up of polyethylene between the upper leg and lower leg component that replaces the knee joint space and meniscus and helps the knee implant move.

There are several different options for knee joint implants available Your surgeon will select the implant during your preoperative visits. The type of knee implant used for your replacement surgery will depend on various factors, such as your age, weight, activity level and severity of arthritis (if present).

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