Vikash Sharma

The doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar scripted history by successfully conducting Quadruple Joint Replacement surgery on a crippled patient.

As per AIIMS officials, it is first of its kind surgery in Odisha and second such case reportedly so far in the world. As per reports, a 37- year female from Aul Block of Kendrapara district was admitted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar with severely painful arthritic knee and hip joints of both sides. She was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and was on numerous medications.

As the patient was crippled due of severe arthritic involvements of the hips and knees, she was able to walk. Doctors said that the patient had very little movement in both the knees and needed replacement surgeries of all the four joints.

A team of doctors at AIIMS Bhubaneswar evaluated the patient's condition and planned for surgeries of both the hip and knee joints in one setting. Four joint replacements at one setting incur numerous challenges to the patient and surgeon. Only after a three hours surgery, the patient was managed in ICU for two days and adequate pain relief was provided. She started walking on the third day. The entire cost of the implants and surgery were provided by the government through BSKY scheme.

Dr. Sujit Kumar Tripathy and Dr Mantu Jain, the chief orthopedic surgeons and the anesthesia team led by Dr. Sritam Swarup Jena carried out the surgery.

Earlier, only one case was reported from AIIMS Delhi in which an Odia patient was operated with all four joints replacement in one setting. This is the second case to be reported globally and first of its kind in Odisha where all four joints were replaced in one setting.

(Reported by Kapilendra Pradhan)