NRI successfully got his hip replaced by Fortis Hospital
despite a complicated medical history
The Rare hip surgery on NRI
patient with history of complications
Mohali, Punjab Nov. 24, 2008
Express News Service
NRI Gurucharan Shergill is back on his feet again after
a rare medical feat by a team of senior doctors at the Fortis
Hospital in Mohali.
Following a successful surgery, which the doctors claim
was very challenging, the 58-year-old NRI successfully got
his hip replaced despite a complicated medical history.
Shergill, who had a heart transplant in Canada, suffered
multiple heart attacks a few years ago and was prescribed
immuno suppressment drugs for life because of which his
immunity levels had become extremely low. His entire left
limb became permanently weaker than the right one. Moreover,
he is a diabetic and a chronic Hepatitis B case.
Sharing his experience, Gurcharan said he had recently
gone to Ganganagar in Rajasthan to meet his relatives, where
he suffered a fall and fractured his left hip joint. Because
of his medical history, the risks involved were extremely
high and most doctors were, therefore, reluctant to operate
on him. His doctors in Canada too advised him to return
for treatment. “I was in extreme pain when I visited
the Fortis Hospital,” he said.
A team of doctors, comprising orthopaedic surgeon Harsimran
Singh, cardiologist GS Kalra, gastroenterologist Arvind
Sahni, endocrinologist KP Singh and anesthetist Adarsh Swami
after a thorough evaluation decided to conduct a minimally
invasive hip replacement surgery on him.
“There was a high risk of infection due to his low
immunity levels and therefore, special care was taken to
prevent it. The latest technique of minimally invasive surgery
was employed where only a 4-inch incision is made and very
few tissues are dissected,” said Dr Harsimran Singh.
Referring to the possible complications during surgery,
Dr Adarsh Swami said: “Such cases are very rare in
India. This was one of the most challenging cases I have
treated as all the nerves going to the patient’s heart
had been cut-off for the heart transplant and medicines
which act on a normal heart would not be effective in this
Shergill recollected that he started walking almost 48
hours after the surgery and plans to fly back to Canada
in the next couple of days.
“The surgical wound is healing without any sign of
infection and the doctors have assured that it would heal
completely by next week,” the NRI said .