GURUGRAM: Doctors at Max Hospital, Gurugram, have gifted an Iraqi woman the ability to walk normally again. Ms. Sharifa, 65, became a victim of an unfortunate fall incident in 2017 while she was walking.
This accident turned out to be extremely serious for her and caused her right thigh bone to break just above the knee. As a result, Ms. Sharifa couldn’t walk at all and was in immense pain.
Following two failed surgeries in Iraq, she was brought to Max Hospital, Gurugram, last month. On detailed evaluation through CT scan and other tests, it was found that the bone cement was floating above the knee, making her case even more complicated, a hospital statement said.
Due to this complexity, a regular knee replacement surgery was not a viable option. Therefore, the team of doctors at Max Hospital discussed the case in detail and decided to perform the elaborate TKR surgery in three major segments, it said.
First, the team of doctors separated the whole cemented area upto 10cm above the damaged knee jointline in order to perform the surgery and further fix the implant.
In the second phase of the procedure, the patient received Distal Femur Replacement, the equipment used for construction of the knee bone till the joint.
Owing to the constant body weight put on the left knee for past few months, it became arthritic. Therefore, in the same sitting, the other knee was also replaced. The three-hour long surgery was successful.
Dr. JBS Jaggi, Associate Director, Orthopaedics stated, “On arriving, the patient was in a state of extreme pain and discomfort. Given the previous failed operations and her age, this case was a challenge for us. The surgery required meticulous dissection and was very hard as all the blood vessels and nerves had to be protected which were lying behind the knee.”
Dr Jaggi said, “Not only was there minimal blood loss during the surgery, the patient started walking on the 2nd day of the surgery itself. While this case was complicated, Ms. Sharifa’s positive outlook and my well-equipped team made the surgery a success.”