“For the last 4 years, I couldn’t walk to the temple on my own. I needed the support of my stick or my son. Today I am independent again. It felt as though I have regained my youth,” shares the 70 yr old Vidyawati emotionally. A resident of a small town in Bihar – Sonepur – Vidyawati comes from a modest background. Just like any woman in a household, the entire family work rests on her shoulders.
“There was a time when I used to till the land, do the entire household work and then also have the energy to help my neighbours. But suddenly I started to feel tired and began to experience severe pain in my knees. The pain was so bad that I couldn’t move, I was bed ridden,” shares Vidyawati.
Over the last 4 years, her situation deteriorated. The entire leg structure changed- they became thinner and bow shaped. She couldn’t perform normal activities and was dependent on the family for basic needs. Witnessing her pain, her son decided to consult leading orthopaedicians. Post recommendations they decided to consult Dr Nishikant, Consultant Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement at Paras Patna.
According to Dr Nishikant, “Vidyawati was a typical case of arthritis. The condition was severe that her legs had completed bowed. However due to her perfect hip, we could consider Knee Replacement. This is a surgery that is performed to treat advanced or end-stage arthritis. When arthritis in the knee joint or joints has advanced to the point where it cannot be treated with medicine alone, or the deformity has become severe and keeps the patient from using the knee, replacement surgery may be recommended. The need for knee replacement surgery is the damage to the coating or gliding surface called the articular cartilage. Depending on the amount of damage, ordinary activities such as walking and climbing stairs may become difficult. Damage to the knee joint cartilage and bone may also cause deformity. Knock-knee or bow-legged deformities and unusual knee sounds (crepitus) may become more noticeable as the deterioration gets worse. Knee replacement surgery is designed to replace this damaged cartilage or gliding surface, as well as any loss of bone structure or ligament support. The material used for knee replacement is similar to that used for hip replacements.”
Vidyawati underwent Knee Replacement Surgery for both knees. An implant was placed in the knee to replace the worn out cartilage.
It took Vidyawati just 3 weeks to stand up again on her feet. The physiotherapy sessions and the exercise started to help her body and also improve her gait. Today she is back to her initial days of activity. Busting the myths associated with Total Knee Replacement, she is also able to easily sit with folded knees. “I can’t believe my luck. Being able and independent seemed a distant dream, which is now a reality. May God bless Dr Nishikant for bringing me back to life. It was God’s way of ensuring that I take his name in old age. Thankfully today I can go to the temple on my own – without anyone’s assistance. The feeling is overwhelming – after all – God helps those who help themselves,” shares Vidyawati.