Knee Amputation Abroad

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International Destinations: India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand

Knee amputation abroad is a relief for patients who find surgery costs in their home country too high, or for those who want to escape long waiting lists and the non availability of advanced medical facilities in their country. Knee amputation, (which could be above or below knee amputation), involves the removal of the whole or a part of the leg via surgery. As surgical procedures, amputations are required to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. A knee amputation surgery is also advised when the leg has been affected due to an accident, and not removing it would result in other body parts getting negatively affected.
Knee Amputation

Affordable knee amputation surgery is offered abroad in countries including India, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia and Jordan. These destinations offer advanced medical facilities, coupled with experienced and well qualified surgeons. The waiting time is virtually zero, and foreign patients can get a tailored medical package which best suits their needs. 

Why is Knee Amputations Advised?

A knee amputation surgery can be advised for a number of reasons, principally, to stop the spread of infections, or damage to other body parts. Following are the most common reasons:

  • Diabetic foot infection or gangrene
  • Sepsis with peripheral necrosis
  • Cancerous bone or soft tissue tumors
  • Severe limb injuries
  • Traumatic knee amputation
  • Bone infection

Knee Amputation Surgery

A knee amputation surgery can be either a minor or a major procedure. Furthermore, knee amputation can be divided into – above-knee amputation and below-knee amputation.

  • Minor amputation – Post a minor amputation, the wound is not completely closed with stitches. If an infection is present or too much skin has had to be removed, then the wound might be left open by the surgeon. Also, when a ray amputation is performed, the wound is left open. A minor knee amputation is performed for foot infections in patients with diabetes. The wound could take about 1-3 months to heal completely.
  • Major amputation – Mostly, the level of amputation to be performed is decided by the surgeon prior to the knee amputation surgery. Sometimes gangrene or infection will only involve a toe or part of a foot and a limited or minor amputation can be performed. But in some cases, a major amputation is required if the surgeon feels that a minor one will not be sufficient. This generally happens in case an infection gets septic, or if the patient has had a major accident. Depending upon the patient’s condition and circumstances, the surgeon decides if a minor or major knee amputation has to be administered.

Below-Knee Amputation vs. Above-Knee Amputation

Knee amputations can either be below knee amputations or above knee amputations. Let’s look at these closely:

  • Above-knee amputation – An above-knee amputation is most often performed for advanced soft-tissue sarcomas of the distal thigh and leg, or for primary bone sarcomas of the distal femur and proximal tibia. An above the knee amputation can go right up to the hip, and is therefore more complicated and time consuming, as compared to the below knee amputations. Above-knee amputations performed for tumors of the distal femur or sarcomas of the distal thigh tend to be performed at a higher level than the standard above-knee amputations. By contrast, tumors of the leg are treated with the standard above-knee amputation. In this operation, the bone in the thigh (femur) is divided about 12-15 centimeters above the knee joint and the muscle and skin closed over the end of the bone.
  • Below-knee amputations – Below-knee amputations can involve everything from amputation of a single toe or the complete leg below the knee. This type of amputation is administered for people with critical limb ischaemia, (a lack of blood supply) caused by advanced vascular disease or diabetic foot infection. Keeping the knee joint, gives a better chance of walking using an artificial leg or prosthesis and social independence after the amputation. This operation can be performed using 2 major techniques – skew flap and posterior flap. It is easier to perform, less complicated and the recovery is faster.

Knee Amputation Surgery – Recovery

Post a knee amputation surgery, there is a considerable period of hospitalization which can stretch from 2-4 weeks. During this period, the patient is under observation to ensure that the body’s functions are returning to normal and that there are no post-surgery complications. After the patient is sent home, follow up visits and regular medication are very essential, according to the schedule drawn out by the surgeon.

One major after effect of an amputation surgery is psychological trauma and emotional discomfort, and a knee amputation is no exception. A phenomenon of phantom limb is also experienced by most amputees. 

Pain, discomfort and light fever post the surgery is normal, but if extreme, it should be immediately reported to the surgeon. 

Knee Amputation Abroad

Some patients might prefer to get a knee amputation surgery abroad. High costs in the patient’s home country, long waiting lists and unavailability of advanced medical facilities make patients seek surgical care at various international medical centers. Many world destinations have now emerged as important medical tourism centers, which offer affordable, safe and prompt knee amputation surgeries to patients flying in, from overseas.

Patients opting for a knee amputation surgery abroad have diverse options to choose from, in terms of, centers and packages. India, Mexico, Jordan, Costa Rica, Thailand and Malaysia are some of the preferred locations for a knee amputation surgery abroad.

Knee Amputation Surgery India

Knee amputation surgery in India is offered at very affordable rates and is performed by qualified surgeons, using advanced technology. The quality of health care provided in India is top drawer and most of the surgeons are UK/US trained. The treatment and facilities are at par with what one would find in the western nations.

Knee Amputation in Thailand and Malaysia

Knee amputation surgery in India is offered at very affordable rates and is performed by qualified surgeons, using advanced technology. The quality of health care provided in India is top drawer and most of the surgeons are U.K./U.S. trained. The treatment and facilities are at par with what one would find in the western nations.

When opting for a knee amputation surgery abroad, patients should ensure that they opt for a destination which is worth their time, effort and money. Knee amputation surgery is a complicated procedure and it is important to partner with a medical center which is proficient and well versed.

Resources

A Manual for Below Knee Surgery
A Manual for Above Knee Surgery
Amputation and Amputation Surgery Types
Toe Amputation Surgery Abroad 
Knee Replacement Surgery 
Knee Arthroscopic Meniscectomy Surgery 
Knee Arthroscopy Abroad

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