Society / Health & Science
Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 14:07 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Bomet county government has equipped Longisa County Referral Hospital, one of the top public facilities in the region, with the resources for total knee replacement surgery. Governor Isaac Ruto presided over the commissioning of the facility at the hospital yesterday, accompanied by the hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Robert Kibet and the county chief officer for medical services Dr Benard Sowek.
Longisa Hospital becomes the fourth public hospital in Kenya with the capability for total knee replacement, which is currently undertaken at Kenyatta National Hospital, the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the Nakuru General Hospital. The Nairobi Hospital and four other private hospitals also have capability for total knee replacement surgery, which is usually necessary when the knee joint is worn or damaged to the extent that a patient’s mobility is reduced and they experience pain even while resting.
There are two main types of knee surgery depending on the condition of the knee: total knee replacement, where both sides of the knee joint are replaced, and partial (half) knee replacement where only one side of the knee joint is replaced.
The latter is a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay, but total knee replacement requires longer hospital admission and very specialized personnel and equipment, both of which are now available at Longisa Hospital.
Under total knee replacement, the worn ends of the bones in the patient’s knee joint are removed and replaced with metal and plastic parts (a prosthesis) which have been measured to fit.