The Gift of Walking
Mobility Restored in a 85-year Old Man
14 years back, 85-year old Devendra Chopra had undergone Hip
Replacement using the old model of Austin Moore hemi replacement of
hip for a fractured right neck of femur. Due to severe pain, the patient
underwent revision of Total Hip Replacement (THR) at Nanavati Super
Speciality Hospital and was operated by Dr. Pradeep B. Bhosale. Post
surgery, the patient was walking bearing full weight comfortably for
the past 12 years.
However, in October he sustained an accidental fall with periprosthetic
fracture through his femur and was re-admitted under Dr.
Bhosale at Nanavati Hospital. He was also suffering from a case of
Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.
It was a tough challenge to restore the ability to walk in the patient
after re-revision Total Hip Replacement. Firstly, old cemented THR
socket and stem were removed by preserving bone stock. The fracture
of femur was also stabilised so as to make him ambulatory.
The surgery was performed successfully. The patient was made to
walk bearing full weight on the next day of the surgery. The wound
healed uneventfully and the fracture united over the next 7 months.
The patient is making progress and can now walk successfully with
equal limb length and near all normal functions.