Selecting the right implants is important

Right implant selection, adoption of global best practices, quality and skill of a surgeon plays a key role in making an orthopedic surgery successful and long-lasting, according to Orthopaedic experts.

Use of technology especially in the medical field comes after prolonged R&D. Nearly 10 years of clinical trials are the norm in case such an orthopedic implant. There is a need to educate patients about a critical fact that implants cannot replace the original knee or hip, however by following certain protocols one can make the best use of it for long. According to experts, instead of brand of implants, it is the selection of right implants, use of technology and expertise of a surgeon counts the most, results largely depend on the skill and experience of a surgeon.

It is roughly estimated that over one lakh joint replacement surgeries are carried out in the country every year. Of these, an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 are knee replacements, and 20,000 to 30,000 are hip replacements surgeries. However, the joint registry established by the Indian Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons (ISHKS) has recorded only 1.71 lakh knee and 14,000 hip replacement surgeries since it began collecting data in 2007. With rising awareness about the efficacy of orthopedic implants, those suffering from such problems are consulting experts to get rid of the pain by undergoing replacement surgeries.