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This may seem like something out of a movie, but virtual surgery has just made a mark in Mumbai. 61-year-old Neena Aggarwal is patient who has started walking – after a decade- thanks to this latest advancement. Neena suffered with severe osteoarthritis which resulted in bow shaped legs, and the fact that she weighs 114 kilos, made surgery a risky option.
“Every possible balm she has applied, every possible medication she has tried and it was torture. It has actually been torture for her,” said Neena's daughter.
Doctors decided to for virtual treatment – performing what's known as Patient Specific Instrumentation or PSI Knee Replacement surgery – for the first time ever in Mumbai.
What happens during the PSI knee replacement surgery is that the doctor prepares an exact 3D image of the knee on the computer – and that replica helps the doctor to virtually plan for the entire surgery – so that the surgeon knows, what cuts to make, what the alignment should be like – so much so, that the implant sits perfectly on the knee (fitting the model-implant).
This surgery has only been performed in the US, Canada and England, and there are clear benefits, doctors say.
Dr Kaushal Malhan, Knee and Joint Replacement Surgeon, Fortis Hospital says, “Obviously when you are taking lesser time, when you are doing less damage to the tissues , when you are cutting less, when your planning is already done and you already know what you are going to do in theatre, in terms of what angle and placement, I think you are on surer footing, in terms of that, so probably the complications may be lesser.”
Considering one in eight knee replacements in India is unsuccessful, according to the Arthritis Foundation of India, that's the best news for Neena, even though this sort of surgery costs about Rs 40, 000 more than traditional surgery.
Neena's daughter says that her not just her mother, but her father is also looking forward to the surgery anxiously and has already planned a post-surgery vacation.
“My dad has already planned a trip with her he's like, once you are out of the hospital, we are planning a trip to Goa,” said Neena's daughter.