Delhi doctor performs 24 knee replacement surgeries in a day

March 26th, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) A team of medicos led by Delhi-based Ashok Rajgopal claimed to have set a new record by performing 24 knee replacement surgeries in a day, an official said Thursday.
Rajgopal, director of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement at Fortis hospital, Vasant Kunj, along with his team of doctors and paramedics, performed the surgeries March 24.

The hospital claimed it to be a “world record”.

“We started at 7.00 a.m. and finished the last surgery at 3.45 p.m. All the patients are perfectly fit and will be discharged by Sunday,” Rajgopal said.

“Our approach was focussed like a cricketer. The surgeries took place in two operation theatres and everyone of us enjoyed it though it became tiring towards the end,” he added.

Knee replacement surgery is conducted on patients with severe arthritis and requires skilled doctors.

“Recent advancements in the area of knee replacement surgery have made it possible to selectively replace only the diseased half of the knee joint. Due to the minimal disturbance to soft tissues, the patient’s hospital stay gets reduced and post operative pain is also greatly minimised,” Rajgopal added.

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