Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement New Delhi

Joint preservation concerns with the restoration of the normal function of the joint, may be it knee, hip or the shoulder. The technique is an emerging as a better option for joint replacement procedure. The procedure is reliably employed as a way to prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Relatively younger patients are seen to take benefit from this mode of treatment.

Couple of years ago, joint replacement was the procedure that captured the attention. Many patients successfully tried this procedure. Majority of them was middle aged. However, the relatively younger patients experienced some serious problems after this treatment. With the development of joint preservation, the problems of the younger patients were addressed to a considerable extent.

Considering the hip joint preservation, peri-acetabular osteotomy(PAO) has yielded positive results. Osteotomy is the surgical removal of the bone. The removal of surrounding bone portions of hip socket (acetabulum) is called peri-acetabular osteotomy. The method can be used to treat hip dysplasia.
PAO procedure:

A number of angular cuts are made on the pelvis. This separates the hip socket from the pelvis, thus resulting in the free socket rotation in 3 dimensions. The pelvic ring stability is thus preserved. Prior to the surgery, a preoperative planning of PAO is done. The planning aims to make an appropriate pelvis model. With the help of this model, the reorientation of the hip socket is planned.

The advantages of PAO are many. The primary plus point is a much larger weight bearing ability of the hip. Females who undergo this surgery can have normal vaginal deliveries rather going in for the cesarean delivery.

The rehabilitation period is almost 6-8 weeks and is continued until some recovery signs in the osteotomy site are seen. Weight bearing can be increased slightly. Nearly every patient will be able to walk after a period of 3-4 months.

Joint preservation is a new way to restoring normal and pain-free function to the knee, hip, and shoulder joint.. If you are having any joint pain in your hip or your knee, it's important to seek medical attention.

Dr. Raju Easwaran specializes in providing comprehensive sports medicine services including the diagnosis and treatment of athletic injuries. He specialises in techniques to preserve damaged and injured Hip and Knee joints. 

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