60-year-old Rajesh Devi was bed-ridden with a debilitating
disability, for over one-and-a-half years.
A severe case of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis had left
her knees completely deformed and unable to bear her weight, forcing her to
crawl on her arms to meet her basic needs. After having been refused surgical
intervention by a few hospitals she finally reached a private hospital in
A detailed examination at the Joint Replacement Centre of
the hospital revealed that the wheelchair-bound lady had tight contracture of
the muscles and soft tissues on the back of the knee, leaving the joint
Her knees were permanently deformed and bent more than 100
degrees. However, relying on their own experience of handling severe deformities,
Vivek Logani, Chief of Joint Replacement Surgery, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, and
Deepak Thakur, Consultant Joint Replacement decided to take up her case.
"The case was much more complex and challenging as the
flexion deformity was over 100 degrees, meaning the patient's knee was bent at
an angle more than 100 degrees (considering straight knee to be zero degrees).
The knees required extensive soft tissue releases on the back of the knee and
also meticulous balancing of the ligaments to correct the deformity," said Dr.
The surgery turned out to be encouragingly successful with
nearly 80-90 percent of the deformity corrected.