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Rare surgery makes woman, bed-ridden for 10 years, walk

india Updated: Jul 14, 2011 01:37 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

A 51-year-old woman, who was bed-ridden 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 be treated and 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.

Like most patients, Kaur, too, had come to the terms of her immobility and almost lost the hope of recuperation. The doctors showed her the videos of similar patients, who could be nursed back to normalcy. She was sensitised that post-surgical physiotherapy exercises play a vital role in rehabilitation.

Soon after the surgery, Kaur was put under the guidance of a physiotherapist, who made her do rehabilitation exercises. And in two weeks, her knee movement was up to 90 degrees.

“Her health showed a remarkable improvement. So, she has been sent for homecare treatment. The entire treatment takes two to three months, after which the patient is sent home and is called for regular check-ups,” he added.