Knee replacements now last longer with affordable ‘Golden Knee’ implants

New Delhi, 21st August, 2018: Golden Knee Implants, the advanced version of total knee replacement implants are proving to be a blessing to those patients with osteoarthritis (OA), who have metal allergy.

Addressing a press conference organized today at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital on the occasion of World Senior Citizen Day, Prof. (Dr.) Raju Vaishya, who has successfully performed around 25 golden knee implant replacements during last three months, said that these Golden Knee Implants have enhanced surface coating of Titanium Niobium Nitride (TiNiN). This coating gives the implant a golden colored look & improves the longevity and performance of knee replacement surgery. This coating also makes the implant allergy proof.
“Golden Knee implants do not induce allergic reaction with human tissue. Its wear and tear is very low. Due to its improved longevity of up to 35 to 40 years, this implant is preferred for knee replacements in patients younger than 60 years” said Dr. Raju Vaishya, Senior Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. Dr Vaishya did the first ‘Golden Knee’ implant surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals on 26th May this year.

Dr. Abhishek Vaishya, Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgeon said that today about 80% of the population above 65 years of age suffers from Osteoarthritis (OA). Golden Knee implants provide the best solution to people suffering from Osteoarthritis, a disease which causes cartilage degradation resulting into pain in major joints, especially in knee joint. Globally it ranks eighth in all diseases and covers around 15% proportions among all musculoskeletal problems. The incidence of the disease increases with age and generally affects women more frequently than men. Moreover, the problem is more commonly found in those who are obese and thus, lifestyle has inadvertently led to an increase in those suffering from this painful condition.
Talking about the benefits of Golden Knee implants, Prof. Vaishya stated, “In this, the implant has a ‘Bionic Gold’ surface which prevents direct contact with the base material of the implant and the surrounding tissues. It also reduces the release of particles and ions due to wear and therefore almost eliminates the chances of metal allergy. As the surface of this metal is smooth, it causes less friction thereby increasing the life of the joint to 30 – 35 years which in normal implants lasts up to 15-20 years”.
“The ‘Bionic Gold’ surface is made by a fully biocompatible titanium niobium nitride (TiNbN) surface coating on metallic implant components. This coating presents as metallic, light golden yellow (golden) appearance whereby the coating forms a firm bond with the implant,” added Dr Vaishya.

Testimonial of an Ethiopian patient after ‘Golden’ knee replacement.
Many patints were present on the occassion. One of the patient Premlata Jain after the surgery said, “I was in really bad condition when I consulted the doctors at Indraprastha Apollo hospitals. I could barely walk myself. Doctors told me that I will have to undergo a total knee transplant surgery for my treatment. They suggested me for a ‘golden knee’ implant which was a total new concept for me but doctors explained me the benefits of the implant. Having trust in the doctor’s expertise here, I underwent the Golden Knee Implant. I am really grateful to Dr Vaishya for treating me. It’s totally because of him that I am able to walk properly today.”

Now the ‘golden knee’ implants are only marginally expensive than the routinely used implants, in India. These are therefore affordable by the most patients requiring total knee replacement. With these implants, the patients get ‘High Flexion’ ability i.e. they can even squat, kneel and climb stairs with ease and comfort,” concluded Dr Vaishya.

Vinod Kumar

Health Journalist & writer. Editor of monthly health magazine "Health Spectrum."