While many call forty as the old age of youth, doctors say this could well mark the beginning of ailments typically associated with elderly. Dr David H Gibson, a well-known orthopedic expert from USA, has said that deskbound lifestyle is causing knee arthritis among younger people. Delhi is emerging as a risk arthritis zone and there is a need to create massive awareness, he said. He also highlighted advances in technologies which have made treatment of knee arthritis easier, and cheaper.
A renowned orthopedic surgeon from USA, Dr Gibson said given the growing problems a need is felt to innovate technologies and solutions which suit people in Indian conditions.
Dr Gibson was in city as part of the Knowledge Exchange Programme initiated by Cygnus Orthocare Hospital.
While the trend of younger people getting arthritis is worrying, we are happy that advances in technology has made it possible that we get the right medical intervention to ensure a hassle-free future life for such patients, said Dr Pankaj Bajaj, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director, Cygnus Orthocare Hospital.
“We have moved rapidly with technologies and today we have a newly invented prosthesis for the Indians and Caucasian population made in USA thats latest in knee replacement called Freedom Knee. This is a boon for many patients, and especially the younger ones, who suffer due to inadequate medical options,” Dr Bajaj added. Team of experts from Cygnus Orthocare Hospital performed a live surgery with the use of these prosthesis which was for the benefits of orthopaedic surgeons in & around Delhi at Cygnus Orthocare Hospital.
“This is good news for many of our patients who were dejected owing to lack of good treatment. This brings in a new lease of life for many of them. Also it breaks the notion that joint replacement can only be accessed by the affluent, by providing option to poor patients at affordable prices,” said Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Director, Cygnus Medicare.
India has seen a rapid rise in the number of joint replacements – the country sees an estimated 100,000 knee replacements also.