Rare reverse shoulder replacement surgery in city helped her regain normal life

Bangalore: Ratna Singh, a 55-year-old homemaker from Patna struggled with acute osteoarthritis coupled with severe malunited fractures on her right shoulder, for several months, with no relief from the physiotherapy sessions and medications, till she underwent a rare surgery at the city’s Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal.

It allstarted five years ago with an auto accident. Recollecting that eventful day,Ratna said, “I was on my way back home from shopping when my auto got hit by ahuge boulder on the road and lost its balance.” 

As the autotripped, it’s entire weight fell on Ratna causing severe injuries on her rightshoulder. Ratna was put on a shoulder sling for some time, as local doctorsdetected fracture on her right shoulder. 

However, 3years back she started facing discomfort again on her right shoulder. Ratna wasunable to move her hand, and would often face difficulties in carrying outday-to-day household chores. She tried various treatment methods, physiotherapyand medicines, but to no help. 

Around 3months back, the pain on the right shoulder aggravated, so much so that shewould even face difficulty in carrying out day-to-day activities like combingher hair, wearing her clothes, bathing and washing. That is when one ofher sons, who is working in Bangalore, suggested her to come to the city for acheck-up at Columbia Asia Hospital. 

“Afterexamination, we found out that she was suffering from a severe malunitedfracture with osteoarthritis of right shoulder which led to damage of herball and socket joint of the shoulder. This further led to severe pain and shewas not able to move her shoulder,”said Dr. Ravichandra Kelkar -Consultant – Orthopedics, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal. 

“We advisedher to undergo a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. In this surgery, hernormal shoulder joint was replaced and her ball and socket were reversed withan artificial joint. This surgery is done only in severe cases where theshoulder joint and muscles of the shoulder are damaged,” added thedoctor. 

“Reverseshoulder replacement is a very rare surgery. Out of 100 shoulder replacementsurgeries, 5-8 are reverse shoulder replacement which is only 1% - 5% of allshoulder replacement surgeries,” added Dr. Ravi. 

Ratnaunderwent almost 5 hours long surgery on May 10th. She wasdischarged from the hospital after 2 days. She will revisit the hospital on May18th for a follow-up check and to remove her stitches. After this, she will need to undergo physiotherapy to bring back the movementin her shoulder.

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