Best Doctors in India for Hip Replacement

Profile Highlights:

  • (Prof) Raju Vaishya is a well-known Orthopedic Surgeon in India with expertise in arthroscopic surgery (hip and knee) and joint replacement procedures.
  • He has been in the field of joint replacement and arthroscopy for more than 30 years and is highly skilled at the management of chronic arthritis and performing joint replacement surgeries for hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, and finger joints.
  • Dr. Raju Vaishya is among the first orthopedic surgeons to introduce shoulder arthroscopy in India and is the best surgeon for knee and hip arthroplasty in the country.
  • His interest also lies in cartilage regeneration and restoration along with management and treatment of ligament injuries.
  • Currently, Dr. Raju Vaishya is one of the lead orthopedic surgeons in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and is also a Professor in the department. He is part of a highly efficient team of orthopedic doctors and surgeons in the hospital which makes it one of the best orthopedic centers in India.
  • He runs a fellowship training program in orthopedic surgery under Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and has trained over 300 national and international orthopedic surgeons.
  • Dr. Vaishya is known to have introduced the personalized knee surgery plan that uses a customized patient-centric approach for arthroplasty.
  • Dr. Raju Vaishya regularly attends national and international scientific meetings and gets invited to speak and deliver talks at such conferences and seminars. He has chaired various orthopedic and arthroscopic sessions and delivered presentations.
  • He has done a large number of research on the different aspects of Arthroscopy and joint replacement procedures. His work has been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals and holds the credit for over 175 publications in national and international journals and medical textbooks.
  • Dr. Raju Vaishya’s name has been featured in the Limca Book of Records four times for his contributions towards orthopedics.
  • An esteemed member of numerous medical associations and organizations, Dr. Vaishya is a well known name in orthopedic surgery of the world.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Ashok Rajgopal is often considered the best Orthopedic Surgeon in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2014 for his impeccable service to Orthopedics in India.
  • He is a highly knowledgeable and skilled orthopedic surgeon with more than 25,000 Total Knee Replacement surgeries to his name. He also holds the credit for more than 3200 joint replacement surgeries and over 9950 arthroscopic surgeries and 28,000 arthroplasties.
  • He holds a unique stint of performing 28 Total Knee Replacement surgeries in less than 12 hours and has achieved several other milestones in his career.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Raman Kant Aggarwal is a leading Orthopedic Surgeon with expertise in the management and treatment of shoulders and sports injuries.
  • He has been performing orthopedic surgeries for the shoulder and sports injuries for more than 26 years and has experience in performing all kinds of replacement and reconstruction surgeries of the shoulders and upper limbs.
  • He holds the credit for performing the highest number of total shoulder replacement surgery and shoulder arthroscopy in Delhi and NCR.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Ramani Narasimhan is a leading Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon in Delhi and one of the best in India for the treatment of all kinds of pediatric orthopedic disorders.
  • He specializes primarily in pediatric hip and spine surgery among other orthopedic procedures that include deformity correction surgery, joints, and bone repair and replacement, and surgery for sports injuries, fractures, and trauma. limb deficiency has been published in renowned national and international journals.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Ramneek Mahajan is a well-known name in the field of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement surgery in India.
  • His expertise lies in Primary and Revision Joint replacement surgeries and Arthroscopy. He has performed over 10000 orthopedic surgeries till date and also holds the credit for more than 2500 joint replacement surgeries.
  • Dr. Mahajan received his Fellowship training in Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement from prestigious orthopedic centers in Singapore, Australia, and Germany.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. S K S Marya is a highly renowned and acclaimed Orthopedic Surgeon in India and has performed over 15,000 joint replacement surgeries till date.
  • He is one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint replacement surgery of upper and lower limb joints (both primary and revision) and Trauma management according to AO principles.
  • His surgical career in numbers is quite high with 3500 simultaneous knee replacement surgeries and over 3000 hip replacement surgeries.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Sajan K Hegde is an Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon with 33+ years of experience and is known for performing spine and joint surgeries using the latest technological advancements like minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion and cervical artificial disc.
  • He has initiated many modern instrumentation systems in India including Cotrel, BAK cages, Harms Mesh Systems, and more.
  • Dr. Hedge holds expertise in surgical and non-surgical spine treatments, tackling trauma, et al.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Attique Vasdev is a renowned Orthopedic surgeon specializing in Knee surgeries.
  • Currently he is the Director of Knee Unit at Bone and Joint Institute of Medanta- The Medicity and has been instrumental in starting the unit as well.
  • Along with performing surgeries for all kinds of knee related diseases and disorders, he is also trained to perform sports injury surgeries.
  • His principal area of interest lies in Knee replacement, Arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction surgeries and Knee Osteotomy.
  • Dr. Vasdev holds an immense experience of more than 25 years in knee surgeries and knee procedures. He is among the very few orthopedic surgeons in India focusing primarily in knee-related disorders.
  • He organizes workshops and takes part in various CMEs and seminars where he gives live demonstration on various knee surgeries.
  • He has been an invitee to various orthopedic conferences and meetings both in the national and international forum.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Yash Gulati is a leading Orthopedic Surgeon and one of the best hip and knee replacement surgeons in India.
  • For his contributions towards orthopedics in India, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 and is the youngest orthopedic surgeon to receive the honor.
  • Dr. Yash Gulati is an expert in all types of hip, knee, and spine joint replacement surgeries and holds the credit for performing the highest number of total knee replacements with I- Assist Navigation technique in India. He also performed the largest number of total hip replacement surgeries for Sickle Cell disease.
  • With several firsts to his name, Dr. Gulati performed the first-ever total hip replacement surgery on the youngest patient in India. He pioneered the Gyroscope-based Computer Navigation Knee Replacement surgery in India and is the best in the procedure.
  • He holds more than 2 decades of experience in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement surgeries and has performed a large number of complex surgeries with excellent outcomes.
  • Dr. Yash Gulatiis one of the very few surgeons in India to perform Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion surgeries.
  • Dr. Gulati has been associated with prestigious and the best orthopedic hospitals in India. He is the orthopedic surgeon for the President of India and has also performed surgeries on some of the notable personalities of the country.
  • He is also an experienced sports surgeon and holds a Diploma in Sports Medicine. He has performed surgeries on some of the well-known sportsperson and athletes of India. He has also been an honorary orthopedic surgeon for the Border Security Forces and the Armed Forces.
  • Dr. Yash Gulati is regularly invited as a speaker and presenter to attend conferences and seminars all over the world. He has delivered over 500 lectures at several national and international meetings. He also delivered orations on several occasions and has been appreciated and awarded for his work on numerous instances.
  • He is also invited to various orthopedic workshops and CMEs where he has given live demonstrations of knee and hip replacement procedures both in India and other countries of the world. He did a live demonstration of microdiscectomy at the Indian Orthopedic Association Annual Conference held in Patna.
  • He is a keen researcher and has been developing new and better techniques for orthopedic and joint replacement surgeries in India. His work has been published in renowned national and international medical journals.
  • Dr. Gulati is also active in social work and has been associated with a number of NGOs to provide for the underprivileged. He also organizes free health camps to help poor and elderly patients with orthopedic care.

Profile Highlights:

  • Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan is a well-known orthopedic and spine surgeon in India.
  • He is one of the most highly accomplished and successful spine surgeons in Delhi performing more than 350 spine surgeries every year.
  • He provides management and treatment of spinal disorders that includes disc and degenerative disorder, spinal tumor, spinal fractures, spinal trauma, and spinal infections.

Best Hip Replacement Hospitals in India

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Hospital Highlights:

  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is a 700-bedded multispecialty hospital in the heart of the capital of India. It is a part of Apollo Hospital group, one of India’s most reputed healthcare chains. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has been accredited by Joint Commission International, making it the first internationally accredited hospital in the country in 2005.
  • There are 52 specialties in the hospital with one of the best cardiology centers in the country. The hospital is also equipped with State of the art infrastructure facilities with the largest Sleep Lab in Asia and the largest number of ICU bed facilities in India.
  • The hospital also has one of the largest dialysis units in India along with a dedicated Bone Marrow Transplant unit.
  • The latest and highly advanced technologies that are installed in the hospital include Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, PET-MR, PET-CT, Cobalt-based HDR Brachytherapy, Brain Lab Navigation System, Tilting MRI, Portable CT scanner, 3 Tesla MRI, 128 Slice CT scanner, DSA Lab, Endosonography, Hyperbaric Chamber and Fibro scan.

Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram

Hospital Highlights:

  • Fortis Memorial Research Institute is a multi-super-specialty, quaternary care hospital with 1000 beds. The hospital comprises reputed clinicians, and international faculty and is also equipped with cutting-edge technology. The hospital is a part of Fortis Healthcare Limited, a reputed chain of private hospitals in India.
  • It is a NABH-accredited hospital that is spread across 11 acres of land and has a capacity of 1000 beds. The hospital has 55 specialties and is one of the premier health care centers in the Asia Pacific region popularly known as “the Mecca of Healthcare”.
  • The hospital has 260 diagnostic centers and is also equipped with the latest and advanced techniques that include 3 Telsa which is the world’s first Digital MRI technology. The hospital also has world-class Radiation Therapy techniques which have been developed by leading technology experts from Elekta and Brain Lab.

Apollo Hospital, Chennai

Hospital Highlights:

  • Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, is one of the best hospitals for heart care in India. Over the years, Apollo has expanded all over India, as a healthcare chain.
  • India’s first ‘Only Pancreas’ transplant was performed in Apollo Hospital. The hospital is known for successfully performing Asia’s first en-bloc combined heart and liver transplant, and over the years, it has attained a remarkable achievement in the global healthcare space. Around 3-4 organ transplants are performed in the hospital per day.
  • Equipped with over 500 beds, this hospital in Chennai was established in 1983 and since then has been among the most preferred hospital for patients from all over the world.
  • The hospital holds accreditation of the NABH and JCI and is the first hospital in India to be ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. It is also the first South Indian Hospital to receive subsequent reaccreditation from the JCI USA 4 times.

Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon

Hospital Highlights:

  • One of India’s best and largest multi-specialty hospitals, Medanta was built with the aim to bring India to the highest standards of medical care. The hospital has been providing the best medical services to its patients, since its inception, with care, commitment, and compassion.
  • Equipped with 1250 beds, the hospital was founded by Dr. Naresh Trehan in the year 2009 with an aim to provide the best medical care at affordable costs. The hospital is spread across 43 acres and includes 45 operation theatres and 350 beds dedicated solely to ICU. The hospital includes over 800 doctors, and more than 22 specialty departments and has a dedicated floor for individual specialty in order to offer the best services under one roof.
  • The hospital is considered one of the premier institutes in India for Cardiac Care and includes staffs and members of high caliber. The hospital has 6 distinct centers of excellence.

Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi

Hospital Highlights:

  • One of the well-regarded providers in India committed to the highest standards of clinical excellence and patient care, Max Super Specialty Hospital is a part of Max Healthcare, which is the second-largest healthcare chain in India. Regarded as one of the most well-regarded healthcare providers in the country, Max Super Specialty Hospital is committed to the highest standards of clinical excellence as well as patient care. The hospital is also equipped with the latest technology as well as cutting-edge research. The hospital is known to deliver and ensure the highest level of patient care.
  • The hospital has more than 500 beds and offers treatment for over 35 specialties. The hospital also holds the credit of having installed the first Brain Suite in Asia. This is a highly advanced Neurosurgical machine that allows MRI to be taken while surgery is ongoing.
  • Other advanced and latest technologies are also installed in the hospital such as the 1.5 Tesla MRI machine, 64 Slice CT Angiography, 4D ECHO, LINAC, and 3.5T MRI machine.

Artemis Hospital, Gurugram

Hospital Highlights:

  • One of the most well-known hospitals in the Delhi NCR, Artemis Hospital is the first hospital in Gurugram to get accredited by the Joint Commission International.
  • With more than 40 specialties, the hospital has been designed to be one of the most technically advanced hospitals in the country, with the best medical and surgical health care. The hospital has eleven special and dedicated centers, for Heart, Cancer, Neurosciences, etc.
  • The latest technologies in the hospital include Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite and Flat panel Cath Labs for the cardiovascular department, 3 Tesla MRI, 16 slice PET CT, 64 Slice Cardiac CT Scan, HDR Brachytherapy, and highly advanced Image Guided Radiation Therapy techniques (LINAC) are installed in the hospital.
  • The hospital has won several awards as well, since its inception.

BLK Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi

Hospital Highlights:

  • Equipped with 650 beds, BLK Superspecialty Hospital is the largest stand-alone private sector hospital in Delhi.
  • With over 1500 healthcare providers and 150 globally renowned super specialists, the hospital is one of Asia’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centres. The hospital is known for having some of the best cancer doctors in the country.
  • The hospital is NABH and NABL accredited and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai

Hospital Highlights:

  • Established in 1999, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai, is one of the top healthcare facilities in Southern India. It is part of the Gleneagles Hospital Chain, which is the fourth largest healthcare chain in the country. The hospital specializes in multi-organ transplants of kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, etc.
  • The hospital has an excellent infrastructure and state-of-the-art lab and equipment set-up. The hospital boasts cutting-edge technologies, a highly skilled team of doctors and surgeons, and trained support staff. Located in Perumbakam, Chennai, it is one of India’s premier health care destinations. The hospital has performed some of the most complex surgical and clinical procedures in India including multi-organ transplantations.
  • The hospital’s lung transplantation program is one of the best in the country. The hospital is known for having performed India’s first single lung transplant and first minimal invasive lung transplant. It is also the only Indian hospital to be associated with King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom for liver transplantations.

Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai

Hospital Highlights:

  • Fortis Hospital in Mulund is a 315-bed multi-speciality tertiary care hospital with five JCI accreditations that offers a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The Fortis Hospital in Mulund delivers patient-centred treatment with cutting-edge technology, highly skilled and experienced surgeons, and paramedical staff.
  • This institution houses Maharashtra’s largest multi-organ transplant centre. It is also the first heart transplant centre in western India to conduct 100 or more consecutive heart transplants in under four years. It is the only hospital in the city to have multi-organ transplants and has handled the youngest patient for angioplasty. Fortis Hospital Mulund now boasts the first advanced surgical robot in central Mumbai.
  • Cardiology and heart surgery, urology, nephrology, neurosciences, orthopaedics, digestive care, emergency and critical care, and maternity care are among the services provided by the hospital.

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai

Hospital Highlights:

  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Named after the wife of Indian industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, this is one of the top hospitals in Mumbai. This 750-bed multi-specialty hospital became operational in 2009. Known as one of India’s most advanced tertiary care facilities, the hospital is designed to raise India’s global standing as a healthcare hub, with an emphasis on excellence in clinical services.
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital uses Protocol and Care Pathway based treatment models to ensure the best outcomes for patients.
  • The hospital represents a confluence of top-notch talent, cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and, most importantly commitment.
  • The hospital also holds the accreditation of the NABH, NABL, CAP, and JCI.
  • The hospital has been recognized as the No. 1 Multispecialty Hospital in Mumbai and the West Zone for the fifth year in a row in 2020 by The Week.

Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure prescribed for people suffering from a bad or damaged hip. In this surgical procedure, the doctor removes the entire hip joint and replaces it with an artificial hip joint usually made of high-quality metal or plastic elements.

A total hip replacement is suggested when all the other primary treatment methods have shown unsuccessful recovery. The primary goal of this surgery is to remove the bad hip joint in order to reduce pain and stiffness while improving hip joint flexibility amongst patients.

Causes of Hip Damage

The primary cause for damage in the hip joint is due to osteoarthritis, a condition the promotes cartilage loss in the hip joint. Apart from osteoarthritis, other causes for a total hip replacement can be:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Fracture or dislocation of the hip joint/bone
  • Childhood disorders

Indications for Total Hip Replacement

Usually, general pain and stiffness of the bone is not enough for doctors to recommend a total hip replacement surgery. However, based on your symptoms, doctors might consider the possibility and ask for some diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms include-

  • Intense pain even after taking pain relief medication
  • Inflammation of the hip joint due to cartilage loss
  • Difficulty during walking
  • Difficulty in general movement of the hip joint
  • Insomnia due to discomfort or pain
  • Stiffness or hip joint locking

Alternative method to Total Hip Replacement

There’s an alternative method to hip replacement, known as the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Surgery. This procedure is generally suggested for patients falling under the young category, for instance from infants to patients ageing between 40-50. In this surgery, instead of replacing the entire hip joint, the doctors resurface or shaves the damaged part of the hip joint and adds an artificial brace to the joint. This allows free movement and flexibility along with reduced pain. Even though this procedure is more favored over total hip replacement, the final verdict will be disclosed by your orthopedic surgeon based on the damage caused to the hip bone along with your age, weight, general immunity strength and more.

Apart from the two surgical options, other primary non-operative treatment methods may include:

  • Pain-relief medications
  • Physiotherapy
  • Joint supplements
  • Weight loss and change in day-to-day activities

Diagnostic tests needed

When the primary treatment methods fail, the doctor may suggest some diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause and based on the test results, the surgical method is decided. Initial tests include movement or other physical tests along with X-ray, MRI or EKG tests to determine whether the problem is bone-related or neurology-related. Apart from that, the doctor may ask you about running bone or arthritis disorders in your family along with your past medical history.

Total Hip Replacement procedure explained

Preparation

There are no exclusive preparation methods for this surgery. However, the general preparation includes fasting 10-12 hours before the surgery including a 24-72 hour break from alcohol or tobacco consumption strictly. Patients are requested to help the medical team out with a detailed list of past medical history including bleeding disorders, past or ongoing medications including blood thinners, pain relief medications, OTC, herbal supplements, vitamins and even homeopathy medications, and any ongoing allergies to particular medications. Your medical team will help you out with detailed dietary chart for the days leading up to the surgery day and if you’ve not received a chart, we recommend asking your healthcare providers for possible dietary regulations.

Blood Donation

The Total Hip Replacement Surgery may cause a lot of blood loss. Hence, patient’s are usually requested to donate their own blood which will be frozen and later used if needed after the surgery.

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

The total hip replacement surgery can be conducted in either of the two ways:

  • Traditional method  or the open-surgery

 

  • Minimally invasive method.

Even though the procedure for both the methods remains the same, the only notable difference is within the size of the incision. In the latter method, the incision is kept minimum and the post-operation care, wound healing, recovery, and pain is usually less compared to the traditional method. 

THR procedure is done under general anesthesia. 

Once the artificial joints are put in place, the doctor checks for any additional cartilage or bone damage and removes it. The hip muscles are then put back in place and the incision is sewed shut.

Steps of Surgery

Total hip replacement is two-step surgery: 

Step 1: The doctor makes an incision in the hip area and moves the hip muscles out of the way to reveal the hip joint. The ball of the joint connected to the femur is then shaved off and an artificial joint replaces the area. The artificial joint is usually made up of stems inserted and attached to the femur bone with the ball part sticking out.

Step 2: Now the doctor preps the hip bone socket removing any damaged cartilage or bone from the area. The artificial joint cup is inserted into the socket and the artificial joint attached to the femur bone is then fixed into the socket. An additional drain may be created to drain out the excess fluid accumulation in that region.

Once the artificial joints are put in place, the doctor checks for any additional cartilage or bone damage and removes it. The hip muscles are then put back in place and the incision is sewed shut.

Blood Transfusion

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Since this surgical procedure may result in a lot of blood loss, doctors based on the patient’s blood loss rate might recommend a blood transfusion after the surgery.

Probable risks of Total Hip Replacement Procedure

Common risks or complications of the surgery include

  • Infection
  • Body’s reaction to the foreign artificial joints
  • Breaking or fracturing of bones during the procedure
  • Blood clots or bleeding disorder
  • Artificial joint dislocation or loosening
  • Metal on metal complications

 

One of the side-effects to total hip replacement may include shortening of one the limbs causing a change in leg length.

Post-operation care

What you can expect after your hip replacement surgery: 

  • Physical therapy will start after the day of the operation
  • Patients will be given walkers or crutches to walk a few days after the surgery
  • Patients will be requested to use a pillow or cushion in between the knees for the initial days to hold the artificial joints into position
  • The incision stitches or staples will be cleared in the follow-up visit, usually, 2 weeks from the day of the surgery. However, the wound needs to be duly taken care of. Patients are requested to change the wound dressing every day to keep it clean and dry. Please do not put water, cream, ointments, or lotions on the wound without doctor approvals. Patients can return to their normal life within 3-6 weeks of the surgery. However, rotating or twisting of the hip joints is strictly prohibited for 6-1 months. Doctors advise patients to continue with physiotherapy as requested. 

FAQs

How long will the hospital stay be for total hip replacement surgery?

The usual hospital stay for the hip replacement surgery is for 4-6 days but based on the patient’s recovery status or progress, the doctors might extend the hospital stay for better monitoring or management.

Can my hip replacement surgery fail?

Sometimes the artificial joints may fall out of place or get loose due to wear and tear or certain bone related complications might make it difficult, but in most, cases hip replacement surgeries have been successful.

What happens if the surgery fails?

In case your hip replacement surgery fails, based on your condition and your body’s reaction to the surgery, doctors might prescribe a second replacement surgery.

Can I climb stairs after the surgery?

Activities such as sitting on the floor or climbing stairs should be kept to minimum after the surgery. 

Why do I feel pain even after the surgery?

It is normal to feel pain after a hip replacement surgery. However, the pain is limited to the initial days only, especially, during or after physiotherapy. If the pain persists even after the first 3 weeks, kindly contact your doctor.

Will my hip replacement surgery last forever?

Usually, hip replacements last for a good 10-12 years or more based on usage but wear and tear of the joint or loosening of the artificial joint might reduce the years.

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