Doctors typically recommend Knee replacement surgery only if the pain is interfering with your daily activities. When severe arthritis affects both knees, they may suggest double knee replacement surgery.
There are two types of double knee surgery; one, a simultaneous bilateral knee replacement where both knees are replaced at the same time. And a staged bilateral knee replacement where each knee is replaced at a different time.
Either surgery can involve any combination of total or partial knee replacement.
Simultaneous bilateral knee replacement takes three to four hours to complete, whereas staged bilateral knee replacement only takes two hours.
Since simultaneous bilateral knee replacement takes more time and requires heavier doses of anaesthesia, there is an increased risk of complications. Therefore, the surgery isn’t recommended for people with heart conditions or lung disease.
People over the age of 65 are more likely to experience complications from double knee replacement surgery. What’s more, it seems men are at a higher risk for complications than women.
The cost of this procedure ranges from USD 1,991 to USD 7,963.