UAE: 75 years old Dubai resident Ms. Fatima Benazzouz, successfully underwent Partial Knee Replacement based on the most advanced technique known as the Oxford Procedure at Adam Vital Hospital in Dubai. Unlike the Total Knee Replacement procedure in which all the knee joint surfaces are removed, an Oxford Partial Knee Replacement is performed to only replace damaged tissue and bone in the knee joint with artificial implants called prosthetics, and the rest of the knee remains unharmed and preserved.
Partial Knee Replacement is a minimally invasive alternative to the conventional Total Knee Replacement for people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. By preserving all the undamaged parts, the knee joint can bend and function more naturally in a regular movement using its unique mobile-bearing design with low wear rates, potentially giving patients relatively longer life expectancies. Besides having a relatively longer durability, Oxford Partial Knee Replacement has several advantages such as smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and minimal post-operative pain. This technique is used in advanced healthcare settings in Germany, the U.S and Europe.
Recent research indicates that Partial Knee Replacement patients post one year of operation were 1.81 times more likely than Total Knee Replacement recipients to report that their knee felt normal and 2.69 times more likely to be satisfied with their ability to perform routine day to day activities. In the UAE, several people suffer from knee conditions and several surgeries are performed annually around the world to treat conditions related to the knee. While knee problems are common, most of them are often neglected. Studies indicate that seeking early on medical intervention for knee problems can help the patients maintain their joint health without undergoing surgery.
According to Dr. Allaeldin Elbadawi, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Adam Vital Hospital, specialised in Knee and Ankle Joint Replacement, “Partial Knee Replacements are on the rise in the UAE and across the world and are most commonly recommended for cases with severe swelling, stiffness, pain and an inability to fully straighten the knee. Other symptoms include difficulty bending the knee or a popping sound in the knee movement. The largest group of eligible patients are below 65 years and have plenty of healthy bone remaining. We are doing more knee replacements, especially on young patients, than we have in the past. The surgery usually takes one to two hours and involves minimal invasion. Partial Knee Replacement surgery is not advisable for everyone. This minimally invasive knee replacement surgery treats only certain knee problems.”
“Patients with inflammatory arthritis and diffuse arthritis throughout the knee are not advised for receiving partial knee surgery. There are other procedures a patient can do aside from Total Knee Replacement, which are: Partial Knee Replacement (Oxford) and Individual Cartilage Lesion Replacement (Episurf) Arthroscopic Surgery.”
He added, “We at Adam Vital Hospital are constantly striving to excel and provide the most advanced musculoskeletal care. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to perform this first of its kind Oxford Partial Knee Replacement procedure using a Lateral Implant that had to be imported specially from Germany.”
“After suffering from excruciating knee pain for a year and a half, despite knee surgery in the past, I was blessed to be referred to Adam Vital Hospital specialised in Orthopaedic and Spine care. The facilities and patient services at the hospital are very good and organised. I consider myself lucky to be the first patient for such an advanced surgery without having to travel abroad for treatment.” said Ms Fatima Benazzouz.