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SMART knee replacement is a precise way of doing knee replacement surgery which ensures a consistent and reproducible outcome to the surgeon and a higher level of satisfaction to the patient. This novel technique has been gradually evolved by Dr. Bharath taking cues from his personal experiences with well over thousands of knee replacements as well as mentoring from legendary surgeons in this field. This made Dr. Bharath, a pioneer in SMART knee replacement with all its unique characteristics.
SMART knee involves modification of surgical techniques at various stages of the procedure including preoperative, intra-operative, and post-operative protocols. The key element in the SMART technique is minimal handling of soft tissue and bone, facilitating fast track recovery and early return to routine life. As a result, surgical time has reduced significantly to 20 mins compared to the standard protocols requiring 2. 30 to 3.00 hours.
SMART technique ensures minimal blood loss, hence no requirement for blood transfusion. The major advantage is immediate postoperative pain relief enabling the patients to walk within 4.00 to 5.00 hours after surgery. Painless surgery motivates the psychology of the patient to ambulate early and climb stairs on the day one. The rehabilitation in SMART knee replacement is faster as compared to conventional knee replacement thus facilitating discharge on day two. On testing the results of SMART knee replacements, the complications like deep vein thrombosis and infection rate has significantly reduced making knee replacement a safer procedure at all age groups. The precision of this technique helps to reduce error of the index surgery to achieve consistent, predicable and reproducible outcome in a fast track manner.