Hyderabad: A specialised team of orthopaedic surgeons at the CARE Hospital, Banjara Hills replaced a 57-year old woman’s problem knee with a golden knee. The patient was admitted to the hospital with excruciating knee pain, and a history of right knee polio limb with gross osteoarthritis, deformity and laxity.
According to Dr Manojkumar Gudluru, Robotic Joint Replacement and Arthroscopic Surgeon at the CARE Hospitals, “The gold coloured joints with several layers of special coatings act as a barrier between the skin and the metal, and helps ward off allergy and infection, and is the only alternative to patients like Prabavathi, who would have experienced severe allergic reactions to the metals used in conventional joint implants.”
According to Dr Gudluru,“Patients with metal allergy are infection prone, and often experience pus formation and severe knee pain. The golden knee replacement surgery is a blessing for the people who have such metal allergies.These knee implants have enhanced surface coating of Titanium Niobium Nitride (TiNiN). The coating gives the implant a golden coloured look and improves the longevity and performance of knee replacement surgery. This coating also makes the implant allergy-resilient.
Dr Riyaz Khan, Facility Chief Operation Officer of Care Hospitals said, ‘We at CARE Hospitals have a strong team of orthopaedic medical professionals who are the best in their respective fields of work. As a healthcare provider, we will continue to serve patients in need of the best in class medical facilities.”
The Golden Knee replacement is a revolutionary surgery and is beneficial for patients who have a metal allergy. As the surface of this metal is smooth, it causes less friction thereby increasing the life of the joint to 30-35 years which in normal implants lasts up to 15-20 years.