22-year-old girl undergoes surgery aided by robotics

ST Correspondent
Friday, 13 April 2018

Pune: A 22-year-old medical student underwent a corrective surgery while using robotic science at a city-based hospital. The right leg of the girl was four centimetres shorter than her left leg and her knee was bent inwards and outwards. She walked with a painful limp and had also developed a curve in her spine.

The young girl was a child when it all started, she had an outward deformity called valgus, in her right knee. 

Pune: A 22-year-old medical student underwent a corrective surgery while using robotic science at a city-based hospital. The right leg of the girl was four centimetres shorter than her left leg and her knee was bent inwards and outwards. She walked with a painful limp and had also developed a curve in her spine.

The young girl was a child when it all started, she had an outward deformity called valgus, in her right knee. 

The patient underwent a surgical procedure to correct this when she was 11 years old, unfortunately, as a complication of this surgery, her right leg got deformed to its present state. 

She consulted several surgeons over the years but did not get any satisfactory answers. She finally consulted Dr Murtaza Adeeb, a senior orthopaedic consultant at Inamdar Hospital.

After a thorough assessment, surgery was planned. It was decided to perform a corrective osteotomy or bone cut of the lower part of the thigh bone and stabilise it with an external fixator. However, a standard fixator would not have been sufficient for such a complex deformity.

Dr Adeeb then consulted with Dr Ashish Ranade who is an expert at deformity correction with a Taylor Spatial Frame. 

This device is a perfect combination of orthopaedic science and robotic science. The operation was performed at Inamdar Hospital by Dr Ranade and Dr Adeeb.

“At the end of surgery, the x-ray measurements and strut calibre readings were fed into a special computer programme and the computer programme gave out a prescription for strut adjustments over four weeks. These are simple instructions for the patient to follow by turning the struts and these gradually correct the deformity,” said Dr Adeeb.The patient is now walking after the surgery and after six months, her leg looks almost normal.

The young girl was a child when it all started, she had an outward deformity called valgus, in her right knee. The patient underwent a surgical procedure to correct this when she was 11 years old, unfortunately, as a complication of this surgery, her right leg got deformed to its present state. 

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