Cartilage transplantation starts in govt hospital in Jaipur

P Srinivasan I [email protected]

Jaipur, February 24

Cartilage transplant is a new surgical procedure that was done for the first time by the government doctors in Jaipur in which healthy cartilage from the patient’s body was taken out and transplanted in place of damaged cartilage.

Senior Arthroscopy and sports injury expert Dr Siddharth Sharma with Government’s Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Hospital in Jaipur said a woman (27) resident of Jaipur came to him with the complaint of repeated swelling and locking of knees and it was getting very difficult for her to walk.

He said her knee cartilage was damaged due to gyming. “Sometimes injury on knee cartilage while playing or any other reasons becomes very serious and it even becomes very difficult to walk. If the person does not get proper treatment then the person could suffer from arthritis at a young age,” he added.

The expert after checking her suggested an Osteoarticular Transfer System (OATS), which can be done through minimal invasive surgical procedure. Dr Siddharth said healthy cartilage was taken from her body and was transplanted in place of damaged cartilage. Till now such surgeries were being done with big incisions at big centres.

He said, “After the procedure done through arthroscopy, the patient started walking the very next day and with the help of physiotherapy, the patient can do her daily activities without any problem.”

Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma congratulated Dr Siddharth and his team for this achievement.

Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Hospital superintendent Dr Ajay Mathur claimed that this kind of cartilage transplantation has been done for the first time in a government hospital in Rajasthan and it has paved a new way for treating sports surgery.  

The team of Dr Siddharth included Dr Alok Tiwari, Dr Utkarsh, Dr Siddharth Jain, Dr Mohit, Dr Harshit, Dr Basant Kumar and Dr Pankaj. The anaesthesia team that played an important role included Dr Harpreet, Dr Harsh, Dr Harish Gupta and Dr Ayushi Dadhich.

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