A Transformation of Life
Changing Kind

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.

THE CASE
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 PROCEDURE
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 osteoporotic bone.

THE RESULT
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

Dr. Mrinal Sharma
Consultant
Joint Replacement Specialist
BLK Centre for Orthopaedics,
Joint Reconstruction
& Spine Surgery
BLK Super Speciality
Hospital, New Delhi



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