When Kamal Deore, a 94-year-old Pune resident fell at her home few days ago and fractured her hip, her son Dileep wondered if his mother would ever walk again. The accident had left 94-year-old patient bedridden and in excruciating pain.
In spite of her advanced age, the son wanted to see his mother get back on her feet. He brought her to Dr Ashraf Khan, Joint Replacement Surgeon at Ruby Hall Clinic, Wanowrie.
Dr Khan suggested a hip replacement for her fractured hip by using the technique of non-cemented implant.
“Before the fall, she was full of life. In elderly patients it is usually seen that family members do not show willingness to undergo surgery. But in this case, the son motivated his mother for the surgery. The latest technology provides an opportunity to remain fit and independent in these days and patients should understand that,” said doctor Khan.
While explaining about what was additionally done since the patient was an elderly one, he added, “Making her fit for the surgery like improving on her nutritional condition was the first task before us. Also, choosing the right kind of implant technology is important.”
“Even when it is an elderly patient, giving respect and dignity back to the patient is what medical science does. This surgery has given her independence again,” he said.
The surgery was successfully performed two weeks ago and the 94 year-old woman is able to walk with a walker.
Dileep Deore, who is resident of Pune and also a retired army officer, said, “I did not want my mother to be suffering from pain and become bedridden. It is important that even elderly patients should get all the necessary treatment and when the science is so advanced, family members should support such elderly patients.”
When asked about the surgery, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, orthopaedic surgeon and dean of Sassoon’s B J Medical College, Pune, said, “Nowadays science is giving us opportunity to even treat the most complex fractures of elderly people. The anaesthetists play an important role in these cases.”