78-year-old gets her gait back

Usha Kale was crippled by arthritis and an undetected fracture in her right leg. Now, after two years, a corrective surgery has put the Goregaon resident back on her feet

For almost two years, Usha Kale (78) was unaware about a fracture in her right leg, which, accompanied by severe arthritis, made her almost immobile. Now, a corrective surgery has brought Usha back on her feet. The Goregaon resident had been suffering from severe arthritis and bow knees in both her legs since September 2013.

“I had developed a huge swelling right below my knee. Even if I touched it, it would pain,” said Usha, who could only walk around the house with the help of a walker. “It was impossible for her to put any weight on her feet, especially the right foot,” said her son Uday Kale (54).

“I did not want to get operated upon at this age, but with the unbearable pain that was the only option,” said Usha. On June 12, the Kale family visited Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital. Doctors recommended that a surgery be carried out in both knees. “She told me that she had severe arthritis. An X-ray showed a fracture in the tibia.

It was because of the fracture that she had developed a bow-like condition in both knees,” said Dr Pradeep Bhosale, director, Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery, Nanavati.

After an operation that lasted almost six hours, and cost Rs 4 lakh, was carried out on both her knees on June 17, the fracture in the right leg was treated with a metal rod that was connected to the knee replacement implant. The arthritis and bow knees were treated and now Usha is back on her feet.

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