NEW DELHI: A 100-year-old patient — a physician himself specialising in cardiology – recently underwent successful hip surgery at a private hospital in city.

J C Mehta had slipped and fallen at his residence in Anand Vihar on April 13. His son, Sanjeev Mehta, who is also a doctor, told TOI that due to lockdown many hospitals were shut and routine surgeries were on hold.

Given my father’s age, I wasn’t sure if any surgeon would agree to operate on him because of the Covid-19 risk. But, Dr L Tomar at Max Patparganj agreed to operate on him,” the 65-year-old son said.

He said that his father has undergone three angioplasties in the past and only two years ago he had undergone another hip surgery.

“My father has a strong will. He has always been active. He retired as chief medical officer of Northern Railway,” the son said.

According to Dr Tomar, director and unit head, orthopedics and joint replacement at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, the patient had severe pain in hip joint and he wasn’t able to bear any weight on the right lower limb when he was rushed to the emergency. “X-ray showed fracture in the thigh bone near the hip joint of the right leg,” he added.
Incidentally, the 100-year-old patient had suffered a similar fracture in his left hip region two years back, for which he was also operated upon at the Max Hospital. “After considering the high activity level of the patient, we decided to do a similar surgery for the right hip too,” Dr Tomar said.

The surgery to fix the hip joint was conducted successfully on April 18. After that, with help from the physiotherapy team the centenarian was started on exercises a day after the surgery, doctors said.

“He started walking with a walker just two days after surgery, and was discharged in good condition thereafter,” said Dr Tomar.

According to him, injuries around the hip joint can be debilitating for older people. Yet, with careful planning and timely medical intervention, these can be managed with the least impact on patients, helping them bounce back to their normal life quickly, the orthopaedic surgeon said.

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