Chhattisgarh couple create new record for arthritic surgery

Last Updated: Wed, May 23, 2012 16:00 hrs

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) One year ago, 94-year-old S.N. Bhatt of Chattisgarh's Bhilai steel township became the oldest man to undergo knee replacement surgery in both his knees. Now, with his 87-year-old wife Vijay lakshmi having undergone the same procedure, they are set to create a record for being the oldest couple to undergo this procedure.

The couple's surgeon, Raju Vaishya, Wednesday informed reporters here that a claim for the new record had been filed.

"last year, in April, we performed total knee replacement (TKR) surgery in Bhatt's both legs and following the success of the surgery, he convinced his wife to undergo the surgery as well. last November, we performed the operation on her successfully," Vaishya said.

"last year, he entered the limca book of records as the oldest person to have undergone this surgery and now we are confident that they will create the record for being the oldest couple who have undergone this surgery," he added.

TKR is a surgical procedure done primarily on arthritis patients whose knees have stopped functioning due to the disease. The procedure involves replacing the faulty natural knee joint with an artificial joint.

Vaishya, senior orthopaedic consultant at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital, claimed that in India, the procedure is very rarely performed on people above the age of 80 but added that the procedure was very successful and arthritis patients should not hesitate about undergoing TKR.

"Owing to the medical problems associated with old age, the bilateral TKR in a single sitting among octogenarians and nonagenarians is very rare," he said.

"But this couple had the courage and the willingness to make their last years their best. And there are hundreds, perhaps thousands like them who should not wait and live with arthritic pain," Vaishya added.

Speaking on the occasion, the now 94-year-old Bhatt stood erect on his feet and agreed with Vaishya.

"It is a new lease of life for me and I feel like playing hockey again," Bhatt said.

A retired college principal, Bhatt was an active sportsman in his youth and had played with hockey legend Dhyanchand.

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