PATNA: Joint problems, especially of knee and hip, are on the rise in the state. Over 600 joint replacements have already been done at the department of orthopaedics of All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna (AIIMS-P) in the last five years. These facts came to the fore at a continuing medical education (CME) programme organised by the orthopaedics department of AIIMS-P on Tuesday.
Dr Sudeep Kumar, associate professor of orthopaedics, AIIMS-P, said the main causes of rise in joint problems were lack of proper food rich with calcium, lifestyle and lack of exercise. “On an average, 10 patients turn up at the outpatient department of the hospital every day and most of the 600 patients who underwent joint replacement were from the state,” he said.
“Knee problems are common in elderly people and if diagnosed early, these can be treated with medicines and exercise. However, in case of these problems reaching advance stage, joint replacement is the only way. Apart from knee replacement, about 300 arthroscopic surgeries to treat ligament tearing were also performed at the hospital in the last five years,” Dr Sudeep added.
Dr Gautam Chakraborty of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom, said knee or hip replacements should be undertaken only by specialised hospitals. He appreciated the knee surgeries performed at AIIMS-P.
Dr Anup Kumar, Dr Prabhat Agrawal, Dr Avinash Kumar and others joined the CME programme which was earlier inaugurated by AIIMS-P director Dr P K Singh.-Times Of India