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A ray of hope for the weak-limbed

KGMU BECAME the first medical institute in the state to facilitate surface replacement Arthoplasty. The first such surgery was done on Friday by a team of doctors of Orthopaedics department.The surgery was performed on Nanhe Lal (27) suffering with Ankylosing Spondylitis a disease of skeletal system that leads to jamming of all the joints. Limb movements of Nanhe were restricted since last four years.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 00:35 IST

KGMU BECAME the first medical institute in the state to facilitate surface replacement Arthoplasty. The first such surgery was done on Friday by a team of doctors of Orthopaedics department.

The surgery was performed on Nanhe Lal (27) suffering with Ankylosing Spondylitis a disease of skeletal system that leads to jamming of all the joints.

Limb movements of Nanhe were restricted since last four years.

The surgery by the doctors of Orthopaedics department would specially benefit youngsters who look for free limb movement with squatting, running and even playing games like Golf.

All these physical functions were not allowed after conventional methods of total hip replacement surgeries, where the femoral head was removed and replaced with a metal head.

“There is a unique feature of this surgery. It gives a patient chance of two more hip surgeries in case of failure that may occur due to any reason in future. With total hip replacement the options end even if the surgery goes for total failure,” said Dr OP Singh, who headed the team of doctors including Dr Ashish Kumar, Dr Vineet Sharma, Dr Santosh Kumar and Dr Ajay Singh.

In surface replacement Arthoplasty the head is given shape and contour is formed to fit a metal cap on the head. Another metal socket is then placed on the head for a free limb movement.

All this without removing the head, which gives the replaced part the expected longevity up to thirty years. In conventional method of total hip replacement the life of replaced part was twenty years at the maximum.

Some of the other features of the surgery are low profile instrumentation and smaller incision with maximized bone and soft tissue preservation for early intervention and faster recovery.

Surface replacement Arthoplasty has been performed by orthopaedic surgeons from Delhi and Mumbai in Kanpur and Lucknow but it was for the first time that a team of doctors from the city performed it.

This makes the technique available at rates cheaper than the market as at KGMU the patient only needs to manage medicine. In private sector this surgery would cost over Rs 2 lakh.

The surgery took two and a half hour with Dr GP Singh and Dr Vineeta coordinating as Anaesthesists during the operation. Interestingly the poor patient also got financial support for medicine from the doctors and residents of the department.

All cooperated to make a new beginning for poor and young patients with weak limbs.