Total Knee Replacement surgery can bring back your independence and dignity!
“Dadu, come, come now and play with me” said little Sania tugging her grandmother’s hand towards her. Mrs. Fatema Begum at her 70’s, in a wheel chair, hid her helplessness with a smile and made an act of play rattling the toys of her 3year old lively grand daughter.
This was the scenario 2 months back, when Mrs. Fatema couldn’t walk a bit and couldn’t move without wheel chair. Even for going to toilet she needed someone to hold her and putting her legs on the floor for support was pain and agony. It didn’t happen in one day. With a busy and engaging life of attending to family needs of three sons and their children, how and when her physical condition became this bad, she can not recollect. Having pain and stiffness in knees while walking or bending for prayers, was how it first got noticed. She took it casually as a sign of aging. Occasional doctor visit, calcium tablets, walking with a cane; this is how she was carrying along. Eventually her pain started becoming unbearable and she couldn’t stand on her legs for few minutes even with cane support and she had to resort to wheel chair all her waking hours.
Her sons took her to an International Standard renowned hospital in the city, to show a Knee Surgeon. He explained to her about a disease called Osteoporosis which has caused erosion in her both knee joints and leg bones. Her joints are not in a state to carry her body weight. After several tests to check her bone minerals and other condition, doctor advised her to have a surgery where both her knee joints would be totally replaced with artificial joints. Mrs. Fatema was worried about the anaesthesia and surgery risks, whether these would be risky for her age. When the doctor said that this surgery is regularly being done even on people in 90’s and the anaesthesia will be given by spine, as they do while delivering babies; Mrs. Fatema got the courage to go ahead with the surgery.
Three hour long Bilateral Total Knee Replacement surgery was done on her under spinal anaesthesia; on the fifth day after surgery Mrs. Fatema Begum went back home. As in today’s modern era, after such surgery no stiff cast is put on the legs, just exercise makes leg movement easier. With regular physiotherapy, now Mrs. Fatema is totally free from pain in her joints, she can walk on her own, though she keeps the cane around for her support, in case she feels stressed.
Total Knee Replacement surgery not only has brought back her mobility, it has given back her independence and dignity! Last but not the least, she is now moving around with Sania, her grand daughter, playing hide and seek!
There are people around us with such pain and disability in knee joint, having pain while walking or even in rest. A Knee Surgeon can help you who is working in a renowned hospital having state-of-the-art infrastructure; that too at a price much lower than what they charge in hospitals abroad. No need to suffer any more. Get back your mobility and dignity!