Kavlaynova Oygul, from Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent, was left with a broken thigh bone after she met with an accident about four years back. The injury refused to heal despite several medical interventions. Already 130 kg and unable to walk for all these years, the 34-year-old woman developed more complications due to morbid obesity. Thanks to a complicated four-hour long surgery successfully carried out by doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Delhi, Oygul is today all set to stand on her feet and walk again. This surgery was very crucial to her survival as she needs to work out to reduce her weight.
Oygul said, "Life has been very difficult over the past four years. I am thankful to the doctors in New Delhi who have given me new hope of being able to lead a normal and healthy life."
Oygul's was a case of non-union of fracture of the left femur (thigh bone). A team of doctors led by Dr. Rajeev Sharma, senior consultant, orthopedician and joint replacement surgeon, performed a complex surgery on her leg to rejoin the broken thigh bone. What added to this complication was the fact that at 130 kg, Oygul had a body mass index (BMI) of 60, making her morbidly obese. Morbid obesity puts a patient at major health risks including hypertension and diabetes. It also makes surgical intervention as well as administering anesthesia very difficult.
Dr. Sharma said, "The patient presented a complex case. She suffered a terrible accident in which she suffered a fracture of her left femur bone, just above the knee. The bone broke into two parts but even after a sufficient amount of time passed, it refused to heal."
The fracture was operated by using a special 14 inches titanium locking plate with massive bone grafting. Dr. Sharma further added, "Since the fracture had not healed on its own, we needed to add a bone graft and provide a kind of a scaffold to the bone to be able to grow, regenerate and heal itself. Since the woman is obese and her leg will by default bear the pressure of her body, this support was extremely important. It was a complex surgery lasting four hours. Operating a patient successfully of 60 BMI is a very rare surgery."