Gandhi Hospital carries out shoulder replacement surgery

Gandhi Hospital carries out shoulder replacement surgery
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Gandhi Hospital carried out a Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty or a shoulder replacement surgery on 32-year-old successfully and doctors of the sate-run hospital claim it to be first of its kind surgery performed at any government hospital till date.

Hyderabad: Gandhi Hospital carried out a Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty or a shoulder replacement surgery on 32-year-old successfully and doctors of the sate-run hospital claim it to be first of its kind surgery performed at any government hospital till date.

The surgery was carried out on Sadiq, a daily wage labourer who migrated to the city in search of work from Gulbarga in 2008. He accidentally held a metal pipe through which live current was passing while trying to check an over head water tank and sustained electric shock on January 15. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital which referred the case to Gandhi Hospital.

After being admitted in Gandhi Hospital on January 17, the initial X Ray showed that his shoulder was crushed and the impact of the electric shock was such that, he had a four part fracture and dislocation of the shoulder."His condition was beyond reconstruction," said Dr G Ramesh, Associate Professor of Orthopedics at Gandhi

The doctors concluded that a shoulder hemiarthoplasty would have to be performed to save his hand. The patient had no means to procure the ‘modular neers prosthesis’ costing Rs 78,000. “We immediately swung into action and arranged for the prosthesis, after we got the request from the Orthopedic Unit at Gandhi," said Mujtaba Hasan Askari from Helping Hand foundation, which took care of the expenses incurred.

The patient was operated by orthopedic surgeons of Gandhi Hospital, comprising Dr G Ramesh, Dr Ashok Ohatker, Dr Radhakrishna & Dr Sudheer, under the guidance of Dr Yalya HOD and Professor of Orthopedics at Gandhi Hospital on January 28.

Shoulder arthroplasty is a rapidly evolving area of orthopedics focused on treating specific, painful ailments of the gleno humeral articulation. Broadly, shoulder arthroplasty encompasses surgeries using hemi arthroplasty (humeral prosthesis without replacement of the glenoid) - Although much less common than lower-extremity arthroplasty, shoulder arthroplasties have grown at annual rates between 6% and 13%.

Representing 3.1% of all joint replacements procedures, approximately 30,000 shoulder arthroplasties, half of which were hemiarthroplasties, are performed annually in the United States. However, shoulder hemiarthoplasties are still a nascent areas in Hyderabad said the Orthopedic Surgeons at Gandhi Hospital.

Sadiq is now discharged and is undergoing physiotherapy to restore back his mobility said the orthopedic surgeons – Helping Hand Foundation will support him for his livelihood and physiotherapy for the next 3 to 6 months until he is back on his feet informed Askari.

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