Rare surgery helps woman walk again
A 51-year-old woman, who was bedridden for more than a decade due to fused knees, can now take a free walk. Fused knee is a rarity in arthritis patients, where the joint almost disappears.india Updated: Jul 16, 2011 00:47 IST
A 51-year-old woman, who was bedridden for more than a decade due to fused knees, can now take a free walk. Fused knee is a rarity in arthritis patients, where the joint almost disappears.
The woman, Gyan Kaur, after undergoing a surgery and three weeks of physiotherapy at a city hospital, can now walk normally, albeit with a walker. She was treated in June this year.
Kaur’s case was the first of its kind even for Dr IPS Oberoi of Artemis Health Institute (AHI) in Gurgaon, who led a three-doctor team to treat her.
What daunted Dr Oberoi was Kaur’s reluctance to go under the knife as she had spent more than a decade of supine life. “We had to convince her hard that she could walk once again,” he said.
In such cases, patients are often told by orthopaedic surgeons that their complication is untreatable, but this is not true. “Such surgeries have been reported in many western medical journals, but doctors in India dissuade the patients, who accept knee fusion as fait accompli,” said Dr Oberoi.