Vijay Joshi, 47, started walking last month after his fourth surgery for a fractured hip. He is confident that he won’t need another surgery.
Joshi, who fractured his hip in an accident 12 years ago, underwent two failed hip replacement surgeries before undergoing a third one last October at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
“A third hip replacement is rare. The patient’s hip had become fragile and brittle with a huge amount of scarring due to the earlier three operations,” said Dr Sachin Bhonsle, orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon, Fortis Hospital.
Joshi, a deputy general manager in a construction company, fractured his left hip socket while working at a construction site.
He underwent a hip surgery during which his blood vessels got severely damaged. He underwent hip replacements in 1998 and 1999.
“The first hip replacement went wrong due to the severe infection. The second lasted for four to five years, but after that it loosened out leaving me in severe pain,” said Joshi.
“The problem left me unable to run, sit or walk fast. I was not able to do justice to my job.”
Joshi contacted Fortis Hospital last year. “We had to wait for his symptoms to get severe enough to take him for surgery,” said Dr Bhonsle.
Doctors removed the prosthesis as well as plates and screws already in the bone and carefully positioned a new hip joint. “It was really challenging to perform a third revision without harming the bone further and ensuring best result in the long term to avoid further revision,” said Dr Bhonsle.
“I thought that a fourth surgery could never be performed on my hip and I would have to lead a challenged life. However I did not lose hope,” said Joshi.