Mother’s Total Knee replacement surgery at Medanta Medicity Gurgaon under Dr. Ashok Rajgopal



  • This is a great forum... Infact, I have been consulting with doctors in Gurgaon for my mother's knee replacement for a while now. While I am still awaiting an appointment from Dr. Rajagopalachari ( heard he now operates at Fortis); I have had shown my mother to Dr Anurag Awasthi ( Associated with Artemis, Pratiksha etc) last month. Would really appreciate if anyone has any past experience with him. He came across as very professional yet quite hospitable and kind.
    Another doctor that I wanted to consult was Dr Bhushan Nariani @ Indian Spinal. Any reviews on the doctor & the hospital set up??

    Thank you all.

    Soumonath Chatterjee

    I recently got bilateral total knee replacement ( B-TKR) done for my mother at Max Super-speciality Saket, under Dr. SKS Marya.

    While collating information regarding knee replacement in India i came across this thread and found it to be immensely useful. Through this post i want to ease the trauma for information seekers, by presenting a clear picture of my experience.

    4 things are most important when choosing hospital for knee replacement :smile:
    a) The experience of the surgeon and his team,
    b) The implant used and surgeons comfort level with implant
    c) post operative pain management
    d) physiotherapy

    a) Experience of surgeon :

    Many good surgeons exist in metros ,specially delhi , bombay and chennai. I was looking at delhi as i did not have any support structure in other cities. Options before me included Dr Ashok Rajgopal ( Medanta), Dr SKS Marya( Max Saket), and others. After collecting a lot( i mean a lot) of feedback on ground from former patients ( i had a chat with about 8 patients from medanta, and 6 from Max, 3 from AIIMS, 2 from Artemis, 4 from fortis, over a period of 3 months through my contacts, i zeroed in on Dr marya @ Max hospital Saket. TO be frank at the level these surgeons operate skill is same , people choose them for their personal considerations of faith, convenience and personal contacts.

    Feedback about Dr SKS Marya : very gentle person, understanding and willing to listen to you ( and not in a hurry to judge you or to force you into an option.
    Dr. Marya Has a great team and in sofar i have inquired i have not heard of single botched up operation on his part. His team was very professional as well. He has been doing knee replacement surgeries for about 20-25 years now and is a master of his trade. He also has great support infrastructure at Max superspeciality saket.

    P.S : Ending August 2016, Dr. SKS Marya is shifting to Medanta .

    b) Implant used are of 2-3 broad types : 1) CO-CR : is the mainstream implant which is the standard for knee replacement surgery for about 10-15 years now. This implant is a workhorse and accounts for about 97 % of knee implants in India. This is the only implant which is approved when you opt for treatment by insurance. This is the favourite implant of surgeons in India for most of the cases as they are comfortable using it ( for many years now) and are well verse with contingencies and post operative implications related to it.[ cost = 87500 per knee]

    2) ATTUNE : this is a advanced version of knee implant COCR manufactured by DePuy ( a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) . Theoretically it has longer life and more lateral movements than COCR implants. BUT since it has been launched only in 2014, so not much data-points are available for corroborating its claims .[cost= 2,62,000 per knee

    3) PERSONA : this a knee implant that competes with attune knee. theoretically almost the same to attune knee ( from a patients perspective), and also equally unproved. Patients who have had them cannot differentiate much between them and nonrmal COCR implants.[cost= 2 lacs +]

    c)Pain management post operation : pain is the biggest devil post operation . in my mothers case pain was managed really well. She was speaking to us 2 hours after surgery and wasn't feeling any significant pain, just the weakness from empty stomach and drowsiness from anaesthesia. For the remainder of the stay in hospital she didn't feel much pain either.She did not have any other problems like diabetes, hypertension, or blood pressure priorly. The nursing staff was good, but then you have to keep chasing them , or they take you for granted.

    d) physiotherapy : 22 hours after surgery my mother bent her knee for the first time.It was very painful, but with great pain comes good recovery. After that she actively started walking twice a day using walker and since discharge a physiotherapist visits us and the progress has been real good.

    Some other points :

    a) insurance : preference order of hospitals for insurance is - corporate mediclaim> CGHS>Individual insurance.

    In my case it was corporate mediclaim, so my mother lived in a single room with great facilities and after 7 days of hospital stay i paid about 10k only(Surgery and implants included), rest was borne by my insurance company.

    Feel free to question and comment.
  • @prashant1 this is great information that you have shared. Very well researched and expressed. I'm sure many people looking for knee replacement info will find this super useful.
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  • My GrandMother is suffering from severe Knee Pain.
    She can barely walk. There is inflammation around her knee . I took her to doctor and he advised me for Knee replacement.
    My Grandmother is of 75 plus.
    will it be fine for her if she will go for knee replacement at this age?
  • @Rajeshwar
    Knee replacement is a major operation and takes a long time to recover.
    Your grandmothers general health should be good to be able to undergo this operation. You should take opinion of a general physician to understand about the readiness of your grand mother for this operation.
  • I recommend Dr Anurag Awasthi as one of the best Orthopedic surgeon in Gurgaon. He operated on my mother for Knee replacement for both knee joints. She had some heart problem, so operation done one by one. Its been 3 yr now, and she is very much comfortable.
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  • For my mother i'm researching about Total Knee replacement.... there are many hospitals with famous doctors in Delhi, Chennai... after gone through many browsing i've narrowed my preference with Dr. Anil Arora in Max Patparganj and with Dr. Lenin C in Apollo are ur recommendations..??? do u know for 1 knee how much cost will needed...??
  • @ Maruf Max Balaji hospital Patparganj cost of single knee replacement is approx 1lakh 55 thousand. You can heck this cost of this hospital and other Delhi hospital at below link.

    Apollo hospital chennai cost for single knee replacement is around 2 lakh 10 thousand. You can check this and other cost of Chennai hospital at below link.

    Wishing your mother a successful knee replacement surgery and speedy recovery. Also requesting you to please do share your experience once you mother completes this procedure.

    All the best
  • @Slevam...hey thanks... but i think cost will be more than quoted there for 1 knee.... i think on average $5000 will be needed...... by the way I'm from Bangladesh..there are many hospital and centers for Knee replacement..i at first dropped the centers for this...becs for a major operation a full-fledged hospital is better... 5/6 best hospitals r there in Chennai lso 2/3 hospitals r best...but i narrowed down 2 doctors, Prof. Anil Arora and Dr. Lenin C....becs my preference is ofcourse Computer navigation is a must and if possible Minimally Invasive Surgery.... on the basis of these 2 criteria i assumed they wud be better.. Dr Ashok Rajgopal frm Fortis, Yash Gulati frm Apollo delhi lso there who regularly use Computer Navigation...but i prefer celebrity doctors less becs of their constraint time for patient... on other hand Dr SKS Marya frm Medanta is an excellent doctor but i didnt find info from web-browsing that he's practicing Computer Navigation... otherwise some acclaimed senior Professors r there in your country who r still practicing like In Sir Ganga Ram hospital, Primus...but the same point i like to have Computer Navigation in these r factors i considered.... but as a foreign patient with couple of attendants our cost will be more...
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  • I am planning to get my mother operated at Medanta for knee replacement. From what i understand is we need to stay for minimum 22 days. So wanted to know if someone can help me with any accommodation facility available near the hospital area. Thanks in advance.
  • Hello Folks , We have heard that Dr Rajgopal now does not do surgeries at Medanta any more. Can any one tell where does he do surgery now and how much cost will be for total knee replacement for both the knees for 65 year old female. Please share any recent experience and recent cost of surgery.
  • edited March 2018
    @Harishmishra Yes Dr Rajgopal goes to Fortis Escort and Fortis Gurgaon now. My mother got operated and its been two months . I just shared my experience .
    shikha5 said:

    Hello all ..I am writing after a long time . I have something good to share. My mom finally got operated.

    I finally got my mom's surgery done at Fortis Escort. It's almost 2 months now. She is doing perfectly fine. Dr Rajgopal did her surgery .Hospital asked us to submit 5.5 lakhs . Which we made a bank transfer 2 days before my mom's admission to the hospital . My mother Got admitted on Monday morning around 10.00 AM and on the same day they perform certain tests . All her tests were ok. She had her surgery on tuesday ( 9: 30 AM). She said she was taken in the operation room and one green curtain was put in front of her and they gave a injection on the back of her after which she kind of slept and when the made her awake her operation was over. After her surgery she was in the ICU for 24 hrs and after that she has been shifted to the room.

    She was happy with the nurse's care . Not very happy with food though. They made her walk on 4th day and on sunday she was finally released from the hospital. Overall cost for both knee replace was around 5 lakhs and 39 thousands rupees and rest of the money ( 11 thousand) had been returned to us.

    After returning to home we got her the walker and also we got her the toilet seat ( She needed this as both her knee were operated and she needed minimum height of toilet seat )

    She had 10 physiotherapy session provided by hospital on alternate days except the holidays. Physiotherapist used to teach exercise and helped her to walk in a right way.

    My mother used to limp but by GOD grace she is totally fine now. Its only two months . She has occasional bouts of pain but overall she is doing fine. She is no more using walker . And she goes for a outside walk twice.

    @Maruf @Ojha any news from your side ? waiting to hear from your side.

    @Manisha I am thankful to this site , Information from here and our own series of counselling finally helped mumma to take this operation.

    And she herself is glad that she took this one.

    Thank you all.

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  • My mother is equipped with Pacemaker. Is knee replacement is possible / safe for her? If yes what will be the cost of total knee replacement .How many days patient is hospitalized and how many days patient can walk.
  • @RAJEEV_GUPTA My mother in law had pacemaker surgery in the year 2010 May and she got her total knee replacement ( one knee) in the year 2012 Oct ) . So yes it is possible and safe . Last year in 2017 November ( around 3 months back) she got her other knee replaced as well. So overall 2 surgery after pacemaker implantation. She is in her early seventies now.

    But I guess you will have to consult doctor and only doctor can advice depending on her situation. One thing you should also take care while choosing the hospital is that Hospital should have good cardiology department along with the ortho department to handle any situations.

    Overall 7 days are needed in the hospital . Normally they make patient walk before releasing the patient. Patient has to walk after 8 days . Physiotherapist will come to train the patient.

    Hope this information helps you.

    Wishing your mother a good health. Do let me know if you want to know anything else.
  • Hi all

    Does anybody here has experience of knee surgery by Medanta Dr.Marya? If yes then kindly share . Thanks in advance.
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  • Hi all,

    Could anyone share their experience with getting an older parent or relative (> 80 years) getting TKR. Where and by who was surgery done and how were the experience and outcomes.
    Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated

  • HI , Can anyone here solve my query regarding the insurance. As I have a medical policy of 4 yrs old can knee replacement will cover in mediclaim.
    Thanks in advance.
  • edited October 2018
    Hello akhilgupta1986,

    The toal knee replacement cost starts from 1Lakhs to 2 Lakhs and it varies from city to city.

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  • HI All

    My father is 79 years old suffering from Grade 4 Arthritis of knee. He went to Dr Sanjeev kapoor . Dr Kapoor pulled water and given injections but of no use now advised my father to go for knee transplant . My father had stent in 2015 . Is it safe to go for knee transplant at this age ?

    Kindly suggest as per your experience.
  • There is one experience. Which I would like to share with you all. I am writing this review from hospital “Max smart saket”

    Kindly do not get knee replacements from Dr. Ramneek Mahajan. He is worst doctor for this work, every word which he says before surgery is falls. After operation he will be different personality, you have to face heavy pains due to surgery and no benefits you will find in your knee. He will just keep saying that operation is successful.

    Why I am writing all story just to relate my mistake. Which I have done in past. I met Dr. ashok Rajgopal for the same he is a person who speak less as he believes in work rather than explaining fake commitments but now I am checking the experience of Dr. ashok rajgopal’s patients and I got to know that they are really very happy. So therefore kindly do not love the nature of doctors just check their success % as it will help you in your surgeries. People of fake commitments will always tell you sweet things which you will not get, there will be different scenario and you will have nothing after surgery.

    100 marks to Dr. Ashok Rajgopal
  • edited November 2018

    I have meniscus tear of right knee.
    Does anyone know if Dr Ashok rajgopal do arthroscopic surgery?
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  • A humble request to you all ..enough information is there in public domain please do due research. remember ...NO HARM IN ASKING 100 Questions...its your money...its your dear ones life have all right. PLease feel free to reach out to the community here , including myself. Well share our insights with yourselves as well. SO ask freely !! cheers
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  • Hi All,

    This is a great forum. I have read all of it and it is helpful.

    My question is: I wanted to go with Dr. Ashok Rajgopal for knee replacement of my mother (
    60yrs). At this forum and other I have read that Dr. Rajgopal is rude. Should I still go to him given his expertise? Is he cooperative post the operation? Thanks. Raj
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  • Hi Raj_A
    Its been a year for my mother's surgery now. She is doing perfectly fine. She got her both knee operated . I have shared my experience in one of the posts here. Please go through that to know what all you can expect out of this process. Wishing your mother good luck!
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