When is Meniscectomy needed?
In every joint in our body, where the two bones meet at a particular part, especially in the knee, there are two C-shaped discs of soft bones called as the cartilage. They are called as the menisci. These soft bones act as shock absorber. When there is a sudden movement or pressure on the joints due to running, jumping, etc. these cartilages prevent the main bone to crash on to each other and provides cushioning. The menisci are also responsible to maintain the stability of our knees.
However, these menisci can get torn due to some heavy movement. Athletes and the players who play games like hockey, football etc. have a great danger of their menisci getting torn. With the increase in age, these delicate bones have a greater risk of damage. When the menisci are damaged, the person feels extreme pain in the knees and he is not able to move his legs at all. I such a case a meniscectomy is done.
What is the procedure of Meniscectomy?
The procedure of meniscectomy is quite simple. The exact part of the damaged menisci are examined through a MRI. The doctor can the use various methods of surgery to remove the non-functioning menisci to bring the physical activity of the knee back to normal.
Different types of Meniscectomy
- Arthroscopic repair: In this method the doctor inserts a small camera through a very small incision. Then he uses small tools and removes the damaged parts and stitches up the wound.
- Partial meniscectomy: In this only the torn or damaged part of the menisci is removed by a surgery.
- Total meniscectomy: In this the entire menisci is removed in a surgery.
Success rate of Meniscectomy in India
After Meniscectomy, there is a risk of pain and fast wear and tear of the knee joint. Only 65% of the patients that undergo this surgery are satisfied after the surgery and feel completely healthy. The remaining people keep experiencing pain even after the surgery.
Important points for the person undergoing Meniscectomy
After the surgery, there are a number of risks as follows:
- Even though the swelling of the knee will decrease, the pain might not stop wholly.
- The patient might not be able to return back to the normal everyday activities. The doctors can pose many restrictions on the movement of the patient.
- The entire pressure of the knee joint will fall on the cartilages of the femur (thigh bone), patella (Knee cap) and the Tibia (shin bone). As a result, the cartilages of these three important bones can get eroded easily, in a short span of time.
The patient who is undergoing Meniscectomy must talk with the doctor about the implications of the surgery and only then decide to undergo the surgery.
Cost of Meniscectomy in India
In India, the Indian hospitals provide the Meniscectomy surgery at a very low cost. The starting cost of this surgery is 2 lakhs. This cost is very cheap as compared with the other nations and that too, without compromising on the quality of the service. Therefore, a number of people fly from UK, USA, Europe, Middle East countries etc. to avail the best healthcare facilities in the Indian Hospitals in a reasonable cost.
Best hospitals for Meniscectomy in India
Following are some of the best hospitals in India which have the expert orthopaedic surgeons, trained staff, cutting edge technology etc. under one roof:
- Gleneagles Global hospital, Chennai
- Fortis hospital, Vasant Kunj, Delhi
- Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon
- Apollo Spectra Hospital in Bangalore and New Delhi
- Global Hospitals and Health City, Chennai
- Rockland Hospital, Delhi
Well-known doctors for Meniscectomy in India
- Dr. Phiani Kiran
- Dr. Gurinder Bedi, Delhi
- Dr. Mandeep Singh, Delhi
- Dr. Mahesh Reddy, Bangalore
- Dr. Shankar R Kurpad, Bangalore
- Dr. Mahadev Jatti, Bangalore
- Dr. Kamini Kurpad, Bangalore
- Dr. Harshavardhan Hegde, Delhi
- Dr. V. Daya Thirumala Rao, Delhi
- “Hello I am Sunita from India and I am 60 years old. 2 years back I had my menisci removed. Because the pain caused by the damaged menisci was unbearable. My son and husband were against the surgery because they had read on the internet that the pain in the knee increases after the surgery. Still I managed to talk with some of my friends in my friends circle and booked an appointment with a famous doctor in Gurgaon. I had read about him in the newspaper. I took my son with me to Gurgaon and we talked with the doctor. The doctor explained me everything about this condition and how it will be operated. He also warned me that my knees might wear out earlier and the joint will pain periodically. But it was worth a try. So I got operated in the next month. After the surgery, the physiotherapist taught me some knee exercises and also gave me a diet plan which consisted of larger amounts of calcium and proteins. Now, after two years of my surgery, my knee pains only once or twice a month. But I can walk and run for short distances. My decision to get the meniscectomy was right. I thank my doctor for all the transparency and the amazing guidance he gave us before, during and after the surgery.”
- “I am John from USA. I am a professional athlete. While running for a competition in my high school, I tripped over a small stone. My ankle was sprained. I thought the pain was just in the ankle. But after 2 days, my knee swell and became blue. I couldn’t even get up from the place. So I consulted my doctor. After doing some x-rays and MRIs, he told me that my menisci got an unusual jerk and got torn when I fell down. At that time, my dad was in India for a project. Just for some information, he enquired about the surgery in Mumbai. We could see a huge cost difference in the cost of surgery in India and USA. Till we flew to India, I minimised the pain using some home remedies. As I reached India, my condition was worsened. But the doctor that my dad had talked with was very comforting. In 2 days I got operated. The swelling reduced drastically after the surgery. My doctor advised to increase the intake of calcium. After 1 and a half year of the surgery, I can now walk and run races for shorter periods. The pain is negligible. I thank all the Indian doctors and the staff for taking such good care of me and helping me to get back to my profession.”