Walking Again

Walking Again

Henry David Thoreau once said, “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” Indeed, old age is a state of mind and if we choose so, we can retain our youthful outlook at any age. Amitabh Bachchan is perhaps the best example of someone who has kept living life to its fullest in spite of being on the wrong side of 60 and suffering several health problems that accompany aging. When he can do it, why can’t you? Of course you can. The good news is that advances in medical science have made it much easier to beat the health issues associated with old age. Take Arundati Khandkar, 65, a resident of Vartak Nagar. Arundati was suffering from severe knee arthritis and was grossly disabled for the past 20 years, during which she tried every possible treatment but with little success. Arundati had deformed knees that immobilised her almost completely. But today she is back on her two feet and is up and walking as normally as she did during her younger days.

The secret of Arundati’s newfound abilities in her legs is the new ‘knee replacement surgery’, a treatment that is becoming increasingly popular amongst the masses. In fact even former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee opted for it a few years back. After suffering for
years Arundati finally decided to consult Dr Sanjeev Jain, a Joint Replacement and Hip Resurfacing Surgeon, who recommended and then carried out a specialised Rotating Platform Flex (RPF) knee replacement surgery on her.

Arthritis of the knees is the world’s leading cause of disability. Besides being painful, it leads to difficulty in walking, reduced bending of knee, inability to sit cross-legged, and general immobility. RPF knee system is designed to provide high knee flexion. The conventional fixed bearing knee provides 100 degrees of flexion, which is not enough for everyday activities. The RPF knee is specially designed to safely accommodate up to 155 degrees of flexion in patients. This means that with appropriate rehabilitation, a patient can resume an active life style after total knee replacement – in other words, the patient can bend the knee enough to be able to carry out recreational, religious and other day-to-day activities such as prolonged kneeling, squatting and cross-legged sitting.

It’s not just the design but also the surgical technique that plays a role in enabling higher degree of flexion. According to Dr Jain, “Gone are the days when patients hesitated to get knee replacement done due to reduced knee bending after knee replacement. The RPF design and
the surgical technique will change the scenario of total knee replacement.” It is fortunate for residents of our city that such advanced treatment is now being offered by surgeons in here. Thanks to the RPF knee replacement remedy, Thaneites will age gracefully. Perhaps TMC should plan more Nana-Nani parks as we can expect an increase in the number of grandparents who will be out and about taking morning and evening walks.

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