A week before Rosario Pinto was to throw a New Year party at her residence in north Goa, she rushed to Bombay Hospital to get her knee fixed.
“Now I can dance without pain at the party,” said the 70-year-old, who underwent a Total Knee Replacement surgery (TKR) at Bombay Hospital in south Mumbai last week.
“This is the best New Year gift I have ever received,” Pinto added.
Dr Nilen Shah, a senior orthopedic Surgeon at Bombay Hospital who performed TKR on her said she was very keen on getting fit before she enters 2010. According to Dr Shah, in the month of December there was upto 20 per cent rise in surgery cases
at his hospital.
“Many patients want to leave their ailments behind before entering the New Year,” Dr Shah added.
Similarly, at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, the number of patients rushing for surgery has gone up by 15 to 20 per cent.
“It’s not just for New Year, but also because people feel they recover faster in winters due to pleasant weather
conditions,” said Dr Brian Pinto, chief cardiologist at Holy Family Hospital in Bandra.
Dr Pinto also noted a 10 per cent rise in the number of patients that visited him in the last few weeks.
Dr H.H. Jadhav, superintendent JJ hospital, too feels the rush is more due to winter than any other reason.
Dr Bharat Shah, senior cardiologist at Bombay Hospital said the increase could also be due to winter vacations.
“We get many middle-aged female patients who want to get operated as their children’s schools are shut,” said Shah, who performed angioplasty and angiography on 20 patients last Wednesday.