Hip bone removal, a thing of the past
The Hindu Oct. 11, 2007
CHENNAI: While the average age of those requiring hip replacement surgeries
in the West is 65 years, in Asia it is around 35 years. Seventy per cent of
those requiring the surgery in Asia are male.
People using steroids or those who have met with road accidents need it. Asians
are genetically prone to arthritis. At Apollo Hospital’s Asian Regional Centre
for Hip Resurfacing, the youngest patient was a 12-year-old girl who complained
of pain and inability to move, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Vijay C. Bose said
here on Thursday. Initially, patients complain of pain after a long walk but it
gradually progresses so that they have pain even while resting, he told
presspersons to whom he introduced his two American patients Roger Fiack and
Gone are the days when orthopaedic surgeons removed the arthritic hip bone to
relieve pain. One of the new methods is to introduce prosthesis without taking
away the arthritic bone and ensure that normal life is not compromised.
At the Asian Regional Centre for Hip Resurfacing these procedures, known as
Birmingham hip resurfacing (BHR) surgeries, are being done since 2000. “In the
past seven years, Apollo has performed 1,000 BHRs and mid-hip resurfacing
surgeries in contrast to the conventional 600 hip replacement surgeries,” said
Dr. Bose. Mr. Fiack and Mr. Tarrell came to Apollo because American hospitals did
not offer BHR surgeries until recently. The men, both in their early 60s, will
return to their routine when they go home, Dr. Bose said.