For the Orthopaedic team at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, performing knee replacements on the elderly is a fairly regular procedure. The case of Mrs. Anju Mitra however, was very different.
To start, Mrs. Mitra had been immobile for a long time, meaning her rehabilitation would be a very long process. Adding to this, the 60 year-old housewife’s health was fragile; she had severe COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) making it very hard to breathe, and she also had Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) which had weakened her heart. To top it all, her immobility was actually worsening her condition.
Taking up the challenge, a team led by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Surya Udai Singh designed a through treatment plan; Mrs. Mitra would have her two knee replacement surgeries spaced over a period of 10 months, allowing for her body to recover and undergo rehabilitation.
The two Total Knee Replacement (TKR) procedures were performed successfully and by the time of her discharge, Mrs. Anju Mitra was walking with the help of a walker.
Today, she is able to walk normally, go about her day to day life, and her cardiac and respiratory conditions have normalised. The only time she has to go to a hospital is for her annual visit.
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