Dr Vikram Shah ‘revolutionises’ total knee replacement surgery with ‘zero technique’

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ahmedabad: Dr Vikram Shah, founder, chairman and managing director of Shalby Hospitals, claims to have revolutionised total knee replacement (TKR) surgery with the ‘0’ zero technique.

The ‘zero technique’ is a TKR surgery procedure with the minimum of every invasive step. It is done with a minimal incision and minimum exposure. This results in the minimum of surgical time, exposure, hospital stay, drugs, side effects, blood loss, stress on patients and relatives and so on.

According to Dr Shah, earlier in 1994, when he founded Shalby Hospitals, a TKR patient had to stay in hospital for 15-20 days after surgery. The surgery took about 2.5 hours. Dr Shah claims to have brought this down to 5 days of stay and 30 minutes of surgical time in 2007.

Now with the ‘zero technique’, says Dr Shah, the surgery time has been reduced to about 8 minutes, a revolution in surgical history. The ‘zero technique’ involves prior planning like implant selection, planning surgical techniques, anaesthesia, analgesia and patient counselling.

“Most patients can be operated by the ‘zero technique’, but patients who are obese, have severe knee deformity or have metabolic problems need thorough evaluation before surgery,” cautions Dr Shah.

Why the name, ‘0’ zero technique? “Because everything comes to almost at ‘0’ level, be it surgery time, method, recovery, hospital stay, drugs, blood loss, patient and relatives’ mental stress etc. Even the need for blood transfusion is minimized,” explains Dr Shah.

Dr Shah also claims to be the first to incorporate ‘Class100’ operating rooms with laminar airflow and HEPA filter systems in India. These reduce the infection rate. Later, he invented the ‘OS’ needle, which cuts through both bone and soft tissue and saves time during surgery.

The future? Says Dr Vikram Shah: “I want to make TKR a day care procedure!”

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Comment by kumar
2012-02-23 09:41:27

its great sir, good work.

Comment by Demesmay
2012-06-25 01:45:17

A French surgeon, Dr Vuilleminot already provides total knee replacement by daycare procedure in clinic Saint Odile Haguenau, it is indeed possible with enhanced recovery after surgery program.

Comment by nath
2012-06-25 23:04:58

nice joke…… 8 minutes LOL

2012-09-17 11:25:08

sir,it looks i need tkr of both of my knees,and moreover i gathered it’s very costly,any feedeback sir?i am inh a
complete mindset that it will be done by one & only dr.vikram shah,ahmedabad.:::sushildamani/09830052000,

Comment by drd
2012-09-19 10:04:29

8 minutes for TKR arthroplasty is a good joke…….

Comment by ajit mehta.secunderabad.500025
2012-12-03 19:12:12

so many of my friends are operated for knee replacement.and now they are very freely moving,i wish i can too. i am aged 61 now.suffering from knee pains since year 1998. i do not have any health challange than BP using AMLONG A. regularly 120/80-130/ chollestrol challange.
can u help me in meeting to u with an appoinment.let me know the procedure by mail.

Ajit Mehta .secunderabad. G4,Dr.Apt.Opp.S P Colllage,Padmarao Nagar,Secunderabad..500 025.
E mail

Comment by Dr Watson
2013-06-15 23:55:36

Please do not misguide people in your zest of marketing gimmicks. For a knee replacement of 8 minutes it may just be your part in the operation. It is your assistant who do the rest of the work. so total time spent in the operation theatre is still one and half hours, which most of the surgeons in the world do.
It is shame that medical science has stooped to such a low level of marketing.

One of the important step of setting of the cement for knee replacement itself takes 12 to 14 minutes. I am sure this step is done at your hospital and if not it is an inferior procedure you are offering.

Comment by ak saxena
2015-08-31 22:22:50

I do not agree with this news. TKR procedure can not be completed in 8 min.It is misleading and befooling to general innocent patient by dr shah. Send me the detail procedure he has developed which he can complete in 8 min. A.K.SAXENA ,VARANASI

Comment by Vijay chaudhary
2016-05-05 11:26:40

My wife age 61, is suffering from right knee pain and Dr advised TKR.please advice me regarding value and time envolved and duration of knee after surgery, and care afterward.

Comment by tarun sharma
2016-08-30 18:13:01

vikaram sir
mujhe apna papa ki knee replacement surgery karvani h…
aap ki fees kaafi expensiv h
kya aap meri help kar sakta h kya
or ya site jisna bhi create ki h wo meri baat vikram sir tak pahunchaya
mujhe aapki help ki jarurat h..
thank you
tarun sharma

Comment by Chaitanya
2018-12-11 18:35:11

Want to meet u for my mother knee and back pain problems solution.

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