, (PressExposure) June 25, 2006 -- Knee replacements in India are a big draw for millions of Americans in dire need of elective Hip and knee surgery and lacking insurance cover and Medicare. The latest to join the steady trend is Mr JR from Washington. He has an Osteoarthritic Knee for which a knee replacement is required. He is scheduled to have his High flex knee replacement next Monday performed by Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam of http://www.kneeindia.com. Unable to afford the sky high cost of knee replacement in the US amounting to Thirty thousand dollars, he has chosen to get rapid and affordable surgery in India at a reasonable cost of only 7000 dollars.
He will be flying to Chennai this week end for a fortnight long stay comprising surgery and holiday. DR.Venkatachalam a surgeon well versed in this special form of knee replacements in India says "High flex knees are sought after by Western patients demanding a more functional outcome after a Knee replacement.". Recently a number of Britishers and Americans have undergone this form of TTKR through a small incision of only 5 inches unlike a standard one of 8 to 10 inches. This minimally invasive approach allows them to recover faster as they experience less pain. Strength returns faster and they are able to give up support within a week. The operation takes less time than conventional knee replacments and incurs less blood loss obviating the need to transfuse.