Apollo performs 1,000 hip surfacing surgeries
Friday October 12 2007
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CHENNAI: Apollo Hospitals in the city has completed 1000 hip surfacing
surgeries, a new technique which involves treating hip problems without hip
Hip surfacing is an innovative technique preserving bone in the hip in contrast
to hip replacement, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital Dr Vijay Bose
told reporters here.
"The surgery facilitates near normal hip function, enabling patients to be very
active after surgery and free from any restrictions," he said.
It would be suitable for Asian patients as they could sit on the floor or go
about their routine activities comfortably after the surgery, Bose said, adding
it was also much longer lasting as it employed a metal on metal bearing.
He said the first hip surfacing surgery was done in May 2000. The youngest
patient to undergo it was a 12-year old girl, three years ago.
The number of patients affected with hip problems was high among Asians, since
they used more steroids for treating various diseases. "They use traditional
medicines which contain a high amount of steroids, which cuts off blood supply
to the hip and causes problems," he said…