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Nigerian woman gets new ’knees’ of life( Woman's knee replacements)
Ejike Eunice (70) of Nigerian orgin had not been able to
focus on her textile business for the last two years
suffering as she was from 'wind swept deformity' due to
The 'obese' grandmother settled in Togu of West Africa
had to take the help of a walking stick for her knees
started bending more and more.
All this until she came in a wheel chair to the
Bharathiraja Speciality Hospital in the city on Novemeber
19. Now, after successfully undergoing Double Minimally
Invasive Bilateral Gender-specific Hi-flex Knee
Replacements, the first African woman to undergo such a
procedure in the hospital, a beaming Ej ike Eunice is all
set to ''walk'' out of the hospital by the end of this
month, without any assistance.
Talking to UNI, Hospital Consultant Or thopaedic Surgeon
A K Venkatachalam, who performed the unique surgery over
two sessions lasting about two and half hours each, said
she was suffer ing from what was termed in medical parlance
as 'wind swept deformity' for the last ten years.
Ejike Eunice's knees started bending progressively over
the years. Though she approached several hospitals in
Africa, they could not help as she was told there was no
standard cure besides citing exorbitant treatment costs.
Dr Venkatachalam said the procedure involved an incision
of only 4-5 inches unlike a conventional procedure where it
could be as long as eight inches.
This approach spared cutting through the thigh muscles
and hence there was less post-operative pain and blood
loss besides early recovery.
''It is more difficult to do and takes slightly more
time than a conventional knee replacement . But the end
results are more gratifying to the patient ,'' he added.
He said the 'gender-specific knee solution' was the only
one of its kind built to suit the female anatomy
accurately. Problems of over size and patellar tracking
have been eliminated from the older prosthesis in this new
knee implant .
The added advantage of the gender-specific knee was it
allowed high flexion or greater knee bending. The user can
sit cross-legged and squat on the floor.
The total cost came to nearly Rs 3.5 lakh whereas in
western countries a similar surgery could cost 6,000 US
dollar per knee, he claimed.
Franca, the patient 's daughter, said the hospital
provided very good treatment and and expressed confidence
that her mother could walk out of the hospital on her own
without the walking stick, and concentrate on her textile
business back home.
The woman, who was under post-operat ive care, was likely to be discharged by the end of this