Centenarian back on feet after hip surgery

Orthopaedician Guthikonda Bharath with the 104-year-old Lakshmikantham in Vijayawada.

Orthopaedician Guthikonda Bharath with the 104-year-old Lakshmikantham in Vijayawada.  

Kin, who had doubts about the outcome, mighty relieved

Relatives of Reddi Lakshmikantham, 104, were highly relieved when she was wheeled out of the operation theatre after a hip replacement procedure. Her four daughters, including the eldest who is 87 years old, were worried for their mother’s life.

They have seen several elderly people succumbing after having hip fractures and they wondered if she would pull through. To their surprise she came out of the procedure with flying colours.

Ms Lakshmikantham broke here hip after tripping on a door sill when she woke up in the middle of the night to answers nature’s call three months ago at Allampuram near Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district.

An X-ray taken the very next day made it clear that the grand old lady needed hip replacement, but the relatives were full of apprehensions and it was decided to go only for medication.

Medication helped reduce the pain but Ms. Lakshmikantham, who was active and independent, became bed-ridden and dependent. Fortunately for her, a grand nephew came visiting from Vijayawada and decided that he would consult an orthopedician.

Calculated risk

Ramesh group of Hospitals orthopedician Guthikonda Bharath told the relatives that the broken hip could be replaced taking a calculated risk.

Talking to The Hindu, Dr. Bharath said that special bone cement had to be used to fix the prosthetic hip to the bone. There was a reduction in bone mass due to osteoporosis which sets in with age, he explained.

The patient’s grand nephew Rama Rao said Ms Lakshmikantham was a healthy person without any of the chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension, but after the injury she underwent a personality change. A soft and calm person became highly irritable and angry. The change after the hip replacement was dramatic with Ms Lakshmikantham becoming her original self, he said.

“We performed the operation a week ago and we made her walk in just two days. She was fit for discharge a couple of days ago, but continued to stay in the hospital just for regaining confidence,” Dr. Bharath said.

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