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Fast Track Daycare Total Knee Replacement

Fast Track Daycare Total Knee Replacement

What is the Fast Track Total Knee Replacement?

Fast track Day care Total Knee Replacement surgery is an advancement in knee surgery whereby the patient is discharged in 24-48 hours after the surgery. This reduces physiological and psychological stress related to surgery by enhancing early mobilization and rapid recovery.

Why is it done?

Knee replacement surgery is performed to restore the mobility and functioning of knee joints that are damaged due to injury, disease or wear–and-tear. You will be undergoing a few investigations and based on these reports, your Orthopedic surgeon will decide whether you are suitable for Fast Track Daycare Total Knee Replacement.

Fast track daycare total knee replacement surgery provides faster mobility, economic advantage and also reduces cross infection.

What happens during the procedure?

Fast track daycare total knee replacement surgery involves use of advanced surgical techniques and miniature instruments. Regional anaesthesia is administered. All this ensures minimal cut, reduces complication, infection and side effects.

How long will it take?

With the new revolutionary minimally invasive technique, total knee surgery can be completed in just one hour.

What happens after the procedure?

Your post-operative phase will involve an early removal of catheter. You will experience only minimal pain due to small incisions and will be encouraged to walk. Fast track knee replacement surgery ensures reduced incidence of trauma, infections, complications and side effects which are usually associated with conventional knee replacement surgery. You will be given pain relief medication and physical therapy programme will be started after surgery.

You will be discharged in 24-48 hours after surgery. Our Physiotherapist will prescribe a physical therapy programme that needs to be followed at home.

Apollo expertise in the procedure

Fast Track Daycare Total Knee Replacement is a sophisticated procedure and currently, there are only few centres that perform this procedure.

  • This revolutionary surgery was successfully performed on a 65-year-old diabetic patient who was diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis. She was operated by Dr K J Reddy, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. The patient was discharged the same evening 8 hours post-surgery.
  • This first-of-its-kind procedure was successfully performed on a 66-year-old patient diagnosed with severe Grade 4 Osteoarthritis of Knee Joint with associated deformity. She was operated by Dr Madhan Thiruvengada, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. Post-surgery, she was able walk within 3 hours with the help of crutches and climb steps within 16 hours. She was discharged on the same day.


Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and Hyderabad have the distinction of performing Fast Track Daycare Total Knee Replacement surgery.


How I will be benefitted by fast track day care knee replacement surgery?

  • Minimal blood loss and pain.
  • Mobilised on the same day.
  • Same day discharge.
  • Faster return to normal routine.

Will I need to go for physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the most vital part of this entire treatment. Physiotherapy is required:

  • To eliminate stiffness from joint and muscles.
  • To strengthen the weakened muscles around knee joint.
  • To maintain blood circulation.
  • To improve the movement of new joint.
  • To improve your gait or walking pattern.

What does the pre-operative phase involve?

  • You will be undergoing pre-operative investigations.
  • Complete assessment for surgery will be done.
  • Strengthening exercise will be started to prepare you for surgery and recovery.
  • You will be advised to quit smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice before surgery.

Post-surgery, how do I take care of myself at home?

  • You have to keep surgical site clean and dry.
  • You will be given pain management medication. Plan to take it 30 minutes before walking.
  • For few weeks, you will need crutches support to walk. To prevent blood clots, walk with assistance as and when possible.
  • Keep your leg elevated while resting, this will prevent swelling or pain.
  • Refrain from strenuous activities and lifting heavy weights for few months.
  • Driving is not recommended for 4-6 weeks or until doctor advises.
  • Refrain from smoking and alcohol.
  • Follow your physical therapy programme.
  • In case of fever, redness or discharge from incision site, call your doctor immediately.

UPDATED ON 14/05/2024

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