RTIIS performs rare joint replacement

Kolkata, Dec 17 : The gathering at the RTIICS hospital auditorium here was left awestruck as everyone witnessed 48-year-old Sunita Jhawar, approaching her family with her walker, having struggle in her gait but wonder in her eyes, the reality that was deemed miracle even few months back. She was 'walking' past her 20 year long wheelchair confinement.

Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences( RTIICS) announced on Tuesday at a press conference presided over by Dr. Surya Udai Singh, that the bilateral joint replacement surgery done on Sunita Jhawar proved successful.

R. Venkatesh, Facility Director of RTIIS, congratulated the hospital for taking a big leap in the realm of orthopedics, thanking the patient for her unrelenting cooperation.

Sunita Jhawar, 48, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis during 1986 when she was pregnant. The surgery was considered too risky an affair to attempt by various doctors from Kolkata, New Delhi and Rajasthan following which she was "maltreated" with steroids in the name of Ayurveda, Allopathy, Naturopathy medication.

Her condition started to deteriorate from 1992 and from 1995 to 2013, she remained wheelchair bound as her knee-joints bent to 90 degree angle, preventing her from taking a single step when she was introduced to Dr. Surya Udai Singh, Orthopaedic Consultant.

She received total emotional cooperation from her family and she supported them despite her condition.

As she adjusted her grip over the walker, she became emotional and said that she had been accustomed with her disease, taking it to be an integral part of her life.

She could not believe her ears when Dr. Singh reinforced her confidence, telling she could walk post operation. She said she can walk thrice a day at her present condition.

The saviour of the ordeal, Dr. Surya Udai Singh informed that he was unaware of the impossibilities hitherto understood about the surgery. He relied on the indomitable urge to walk in Jhawar following which he prepared his Anesthetics, Critical, Surgical, Rehabilitation and Medical teams for one and a half months keeping in mind fatal challenges like limb amputation, foot paralysis, infection, bone fracture, foot paralysis to name a few, and operated her left and right knee on the 21st and 23rd of October, 2013, respectively, each surgery lasting 6 hours.

At present Sunita Jhawar is comfortable with walker support showing complete wound healing. Dr. Singh confided that the aim now, is to make her walk without walker support in the next 3 months.

--IBNS (Posted on 17-12-2013)

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