- Older patients usually undergo replacement surgery.
- Doctors in Rajkot performed replacement surgery on a 22-year-old girl.
- Vinju had been suffering from cramps since childhood and eventually underwent surgery.
Doctors in Rajkot performed the surgery about three months ago. Considering all the aspects, the doctors finally declared the surgery a success. Orthopedic doctor Umang Sihora says that 98% of the patients who need a replacement have varus deformity. But Viju’s case was different. She suffered from Valgus Deformity. And his age is also very low.
“I was hesitant when he approached me a year and a half ago,” the doctor said. I did not want to risk my life. But she remained firm and we operated on her. The surgery lasted about an hour and a half. We checked journals and medical records around the world and found that she was the first patient to have a replacement surgery at such a young age. Earlier, a 25-year-old patient from Uttar Pradesh had undergone such surgery.
It is worth mentioning that nowadays most of the people after the age of 50 complain of pain in the groin. The pain is so excruciating that patients cannot walk or sit down. These types of problems are caused due to wear and tear in the joints. Many patients have a replacement. But the fact that such a problem has arisen at such a young age here was certainly a shock to all the doctors as well.
Vinju lives in Roghada village of Kutiana taluka. Vinju suffered a concussion when she was six or seven years old. The doctor said he lived in a small village, and he did not pay attention to the injury. This injury affected the structure that kept the joints stable and resulted in muscle damage. “I am a graduate in English literature and I am currently pursuing a BEd,” says Vinju. We are four siblings. From the age of 10, I had difficulty walking. We consulted a doctor in Upleta who said I would have to have surgery after the age of 18. After the age of 18 when we visited the doctors for surgery they refused to perform the surgery considering my age. I was in excruciating pain. I was in bed a month before the operation. I was willing to do anything to get rid of this pain. I told the doctor to amputate my leg.
Seeing Vinju’s predicament and determination for surgery, the doctors got courage. “We waited three months and then announced that the surgery was successful,” the doctor said. We still checked how much pain there is and how the joints are moving. Vinju is no longer in pain. But he will have to undergo treatment and physiotherapy to strengthen his muscles.
Dr. SR Rao, a senior orthopedic surgeon in Rajkot, says that doctors usually do not perform replacement surgery on young patients as the surgery lasts for 20-25 years. The patient then has to undergo replacement surgery again.