69-year-old Ramgopal Mundhra, who underwent total knee replacement surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals in July 2008, has surprised one and all by running in a 5 km marathon.
Mr Mundhra had to have knee replacement surgery after it emerged that osteoarthritis had rendered both his knees useless. The disease leads to degradation and degeneration of the cartilage in the knee and eventually makes it difficult for patients to move about. Most patients are in severe pain and it was no different for Mr Mundhra.
"I was not able to walk even a few steps on my own because of my condition," he said. "Thanks to the doctors, I can now run again and I am looking forward to the next marathon in 2010. Who knows, I may participate in the 10 km run."
Mundhra took part in the 5 km marathon in Bangalore on May 31 and says he did not have any pain at all. Dr Sanjay Pai, consultant Orthopedic Surgeon of Wockhardt Hospitals, said this was the perfect case to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of knee replacement surgery.