A 45-year-old Iraqi was left disabled after a gunshot injury to his knee. With stiffness in his knee-bent position and zero movement in the lower limb, Hameed was living an extremely painful and restricted life. After every treatment failed, he traveled from Iraq to India for medical assistance and after consulting several doctors in India, he contacted Dr. Vivek Logani, Chief of Joint Replacement Surgery at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon. He successfully underwent a complex surgery to replace the damaged knee and recreate the knee joint by undoing the complete bony fusion that had rendered him disabled, said a doctor.
After examination, the doctors found that Hameed's knee joint had been damaged and had caused the thigh bone, the leg bone and the patella to completely fuse into each other leaving the flexible joint as a mass of bone incapable of motion.
Dr. Vivek Logani said, "We examined the patient and found that there was complete fusion in the three bones. There was extensive soft tissue scarring around the knee owing to the gunshot and previous surgery. We undertook a total knee replacement surgery on the patient. It was a rare case of a knee that had gone stiff due to fusion of the bones with muscles and ligaments. We planned a modified skin incision to avoid the scarred area."