A Transformation of Life
How a lady achieved mobility after years
of fused knees after TKR
Total Knee Replacement (TKR) can change people’s life who have been
immobile for years. Here is a classic case of an international patient who
was able to walk after being bed-ridden for many years.
41 year old Arun Mala Kumari, a native of Republic of Fiji, had been
living with a medical condition that rendered here totally immobile.
Both her knees have been severely damaged due to an auto-immmune
disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Due to the disease her knees had fused
resulting in zero movement in the knee joints. Most of the time, she
would be bed-ridden or would need a wheelchair for mobilisation. Her
crippling disease made her dependent on others for her daily needs. She
took treatment in Fiji but nothing worked. She consulted Dr. Mrinal
Sharma at BLK who suggested that she would benefit from a bilateral
Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery.
The surgery was complex and had to be meticulously and extensively
planned. The bone was osteoporotic and there was a high risk of
fracturing while trying to dislocate the knee. Dr. Sharma had to put
extension rods in the tibial tray so that it would not sink in the
Post-operatively she has good range of motion and is mobile without any
pain. She is happy to see her knee bend beyond 90 degrees after a period
of several years. She is undergoing physiotherapy in the department,
waiting to go back to her country. Post-operative X-rays of knee joints
show well placed implant and complete correction of deformity.
Dr. Mrinal Sharma
Joint Replacement Specialist
BLK Centre for Orthopaedics,
& Spine Surgery
BLK Super Speciality
Hospital, New Delhi