Parkinson’s patient gets a new lease of life after knee surgery

Doing total knee replacement with patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease is uncommon and becomes a challenging situation

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Total knee replacement can be considered as one of the effective tool in alleviating pain in short term as well as long term periods for the people suffering from severe arthritis and osteoporosis

Dr Chintan Hegde, Joint Replacement surgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital performed successful total knee replacement surgery on 56-year-old man who was suffering from Parkinson disease and gave him a new lease of pain free life.

Vinod Sharma (name change) was suffering from Parkinson disease and severe arthritis from past 5 years. Due to which his movement was restricted and couldn’t do his normal activity. He was suggested physiotherapy, other ayurveda treatment but it didn’t work. He was unable to walk due to unbearable pain in his right knee, hence approached SRV Mamata hospital at dombivili where they met Dr Chintan Hegde, Joint replacement Surgeon.

Dr Chintan Hegde, Joint Replacement surgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital said, “Patients with Parkinson’s Disease have a positive correlation with reduced bone density and are prone to vitamin D deficiency, due to slow movement and an impaired ability to move the body. In this case due to arthritis patient right leg was having a Bow shape deformity making him difficult in walking also his leg was shortened. Total knee replacement was the only option in which deformity can be corrected. But looking at his age and Parkinson diseases, we needed implant that could last longer, help doing normal activity with ease. ”

Hence, Dr Hegde decided to use the latest technology of total knee replacement using zirconium (oxinium) knee implants also commonly referred as black knee implant. This implant is supposed to last for 25 to30 years. It is lighter than cobalt-chrome, it has no metal allergy, patient can sit with folded legs and can climb steps easily.”

“Post total knee replacement surgery patient is walking free without any pain. Doctors treating Parkinson’s disease recommend exercise as an integral part of a person’s regime along with medication. For them, the right exercises can improve vital aspects of daily living, such as mobility and maintaining balance,” said Dr Hegde.