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'15% of population living with arthritis'

punjab Updated: Dec 22, 2012 01:11 IST
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Patients were not only relieved of their pain but also educated about knee-replacement surgery on Thursday at Max Superspecialty Hospital here.

India has the second-largest osteoarthritis patient base of more than 1.5 lakh, with women forming a major chunk of this population. Arthritis cases are on the rise in the country, where 15% of the population lives with this crippling disease.

Doctors highlighted that the disease affected the musculoskeletal system of the body, and the joints specifically. It is the core cause of disability among people over the age of 55 in industrialised countries.

Knowing arthritis
Arthritis is not a single disease but a term that covers more than 100 medical conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and it affects senior citizens generally. The other forms of arthritis can strike very early.

Knee replacement
Dr Dilveer Brar, orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon at Max, Bathinda, spoke about knee replacement, and said the hospital had the latest technology for the surgery required.

"In most cases of knee replacement, modern medicine uses minimal invasive techniques, which are scar-less and pain-free procedures," he said. "Wherever possible, a muscle preserving (quadriceps-sparing) technique is employed, resulting in less blood loss and a speedy recovery."

The latest implant designs now available help patient flex the knees up to 150 degrees. The life of the implants has increased to more than 20 years. In select cases, a rotating platform in the implant allows the new knee to bend and rotate, mimicking the more natural movement. The rotating platform acts as a shock absorber, offering a longer-lasting knee joint for younger and more active patients.

Facility available
Dr Aniruddha Suranglikar, general manager, operations, of Max Hospital said doctors at the facility had performed many knee-replacement procedures in Bathinda successfully. It was a procedure for which people had to travel to bigger cities earlier.