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Achieving yet another milestone for the State of Goa, Dr Mudit Khanna, Consultant in Orthopedic Surgery, at NUSI WOCKHARDT Hospital performed a highly specialized Unicondylar-Partial Knee replacement surgery at NUSI-Wockhardt Hospital. This is the first surgery of its kind performed in the State of Goa.

A Unicondylar-Partial Knee Replacement System is a cutting edge system that is specially designed to repair only the damaged side of the knee (the medial side) retaining all undamaged parts, which are often unnecessarily replaced while performing a traditional Total Knee Replacement surgery. By retaining all of the undamaged parts, the joint is allowed to bend and function more naturally. The ‘mobile bearing’ nature of the device potentially provides for a more natural feeling knee and a greater range of motion. Some advantages of partial knee replacements are that such procedures remove 75% less bone and cartilage, are less painful, enable a more rapid recovery, and provide more natural motion when compared to total knee replacement surgeries

The Knee Joint is composed of three compartments, namely, the medial compartment (inner side); the lateral compartment (outer side)and the anterior patello-femoral compartment (the front of the knee). Osteoarthritis of the knee usually occurs first in the medial (inside) portion of the joint. In knees that are otherwise healthy, a partial/unicondylar knee implant that replaces only the damaged medial compartment can preserve the healthy bone, cartilage, and ligaments, potentially preventing or delaying the need for total knee replacement.

This cutting edge surgery is so specialized that certification and training is required by the FDA to perform the surgery in the United States. Dr Mudit Khanna has received special training for the Unicondylar-Partial Knee Replacement System at Oxford in the United Kingdom and is one of the few surgeons in the county who have the required certification to perform this surgery.

Dr. Khanna states that “using this technology in relatively younger patient population may reduce and significantly delay the need for a traditional Total Knee Replacement as the patient ages”.  Research has shown that partial knee replacements with moveable plastic bearings have low wear rates, potentially giving them even longer life expectancies. Although more difficult to perform, this procedure is much simpler to “revise” if in fact further replacement is needed. “However, every patient is not a suitable candidate for the partial knee replacement surgery and patients for this procedure must be carefully selected to deliver outstanding results and recoveries.”  says Dr Mudit Khanna


Dr Mudit Khanna has received extensive training on the field of advanced joint replacement surgery within the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom. He has worked within the NHS System in different capacities for a period of five years prior to returning to India and joining Wockhardt Hospitals as a full time consultant. He has obtained his Masters degree (MCh) in Orthopaedic surgery from the prestigious university of Dundee, and is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has also received further fellowship training as a Senior Clinical Fellow at Queen Elizabeth hospital, UK and at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA