A 65-year-old man having the rare h/h blood group (Bombay blood group) feared that he would be crippled for the rest of his life as he suffered from acute Osteoporosis.
Now the patient, P.V. Sivaji Shankar, a retired Irrigation department employee, is back on his feet, thanks to performance of a total knee replacement procedure by a team of doctors at the Sanghamitra multi-speciality hospital here, procuring the rare blood group from two donors in Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
Orthopaedic surgeon Amarnadha Reddy told reporters on Friday that patient suffered knee pain for over seven years due to severe bone loss. “The Osteoporosis is a silent disease, as bone loss occurs without any symptoms in most cases.” he said. “Now after the surgery I am able to perform activities of daily life without any difficulty,” Mr. Sivaji Shankar said.
The patient had put up with the knee pain until he could not perform even daily chores without the help of his family members, said Dr. I.V. Reddy who was part of the team comprising also Dr. P.V.Ravindra Reddy.
The knee replacement first was done on the right leg of the patient covered under the Employees Health Insurance Scheme(EHS) on April 28 and on the left leg on May 20. “The patient can walk with support and even climb the stairs. He will be able to walk without any support after undergoing physiotherapy for another fortnight,” added Dr.Ravindra Reddy.