Ten back-to-back surgeries were carried out by three surgeons at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore on a bed-ridden, fifty-nine year old woman who had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The doctors attributed the success of the series of operations conduced upon patient Nagamma to the well-knit schedule.
"It wasn't too difficult actually, and I think a part of it is luck, a part of it is God. I am a very ordinary surgeon, but we planned it very well. Normally hip replacement takes about two hours; two and a half hours and we managed to do it so smoothly," said R D Chakrabarty, who heads the Orthopaedic Department at the Manipal Hospital
"By 45 minutes we finished one hip, by 45 minutes we finished the other hip and everything smoothly flowed and that is the reason we were able to do it," he added.
Chakrabarty further said it was for the first time in medical history that ten back-to-back surgeries were performed on a patient.
"She only lost 800 ml of blood, so with all these ten operations, out of which four were joint replacement operations, we replaced both the hip joints, we replaced both the knee joints and we had to transfuse only two units of blood, which is astounding," said Chakrabarty.
"And like you mentioned, it's not done in India, its not done anywhere in the world. So it's first of a sort all over the world, so that makes us feel very nice," he added.
The patient Nagamma, while talking to the media persons said that she felt fine after the series of surgeries.
"I had been suffering from it for last 15 years, I was unable to walk, I used to walk with the support of the stick. I was bedridden for last one year. I am fine," said Nagamma.
Nagamma had been troubled from pain in both her hips for the past 15 years. She also had pain and swelling in her left and right knee. She was also suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since two years.
Doctors here said that Nagamma would be able to walk without any support after a month.