by The Welthi Bureau | 24 JULY 2018
Hyderabad, 23rd July 2018: Virinchi hospitals performed knee replacement surgery on a 51-year-old Somalian woman with a massive Varus knee deformity.
Khadijo Osman suffered from severe knee arthritis in both legs, and a fracture on her right leg, culminating in a 45-degree knee deformity. She was unable to walk for over 2 years, and faced refusal to be operated on by hospitals overseas and in Hyderabad.
To plan Osman’s treatment, the team of doctors took an X-ray of her lower limbs, and analysed the alignment of her bones from her hip to her ankle. This allowed the orthopaedic surgeons and the radiology team to calculate the magnitude of deformity and correction required on her right leg.
On 9th July 2018, an osteotomy and complex primary knee replacement for malunited proximal tibia fracture with arthritis was executed. The deformity was straightened, and an additional bone cutting procedure was effectuated on the leg to realign it, and a rod was placed in the leg.
This 2.5-hour successful surgery was led by Dr Aditya Kapoor, Joint Replacement and Knee Specialist, Virinchi Hospitals; and a team comprising of Dr Natesh Kolusu, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Dr Muralidhar Joshi and Dr Uma, Anaesthetic team.
According to Dr Kapoor, “Such massive deformities are extremely rare and a combination of Obesity and weakening of the bone due to disuse along with Significant arthritis in the other knee was a challenge. This patient also had spinal problems that had to be taken into account in planning the procedure.”
Osman was discharged 4 days after the procedure was completed.
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