68-year-old Kashmiri woman successfully undergoes hip replacement surgery

68- year-old Rafiqa, who had virtually lived her life walking with a limp, regained complete mobility of her legs after being treated by doctors at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj.

Born with a ‘dyplastic hip’ which prevented her from walking normally, she conducted her day to day activities with much difficulty often experiencing cramps and sometimes intolerable pain. It was extremely frustrating and agonising for Rafiqa.

However, life took a turn a year and a half ago, when she met Dr Dhananjay Gupta, Director and Senior Consultant, Orthopedics, Joint Reconstruction and Replacement Surgeon, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj Delhi. His team, who performed a total hip replacement surgery on her, relieved her from a painful handicapped condition.

Seventeen-years-ago, in an attempt to gain complete mobility, Rafiqa had undergone a sub-trochanteric valgus osteotomy surgery in Amritsar. The pain in her hip joint decreased but the limping persisted.

It had recently started bothering her again making it difficult for her to go about her daily tasks. Initially uncertain and hesitant about going through another surgery, Rafiqa and her family members decided on total hip replacement when her pain became unbearable.

An extremely cautious approach had to be taken as she was fragile due to her age. Due to the time that had lapsed between the previous surgery and this one, there were several obstacles that had to be tackled.

One was the removal of the blade plate, which had been implanted 17-years ago. There was a chance that the plate might not come out and removing it might cause a fracture. There was also a high chance of infection due to the replacement surgery.

The acetabulum (the socket of the hip bone into which the head of the femur is placed) was very shallow and had to be recreated.

Sandeep Guduru, Facility Director at Fortis Hospital said, “The case was laborious and the doctors had to circumvent the challenges of old age and the remnant implications of the previous surgeries. However, the team conducted it in a precise manner, addressed each problem step-by-step. I had full faith that they would achieve this clinical milestone. Above all, the outstanding recovery of Rafiqa compels me to extend our clinical facilities to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are ready to welcome whoever needs our services at our facility.”


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