A strong-willed golfer with iron legs
Aprofessional golfer, 68-year-old Madhukar Chaturvedi braved a chronic knee problem and a near-fatal accident that almost left him bedridden. Today, Chaturvedi has iron legs, literally. Both his thighs and shin bones have rods, 10 metal plates and about 125 screws, but none of that can keep him off the golf course. He endured 15 fractures due to a fall after 4 years of his total knee replacement (TKR). “Hopefully, by this month’s end, I will be back to golf,” he beam. A national level golf player, Chaturvedi had dedicated 3-4 hours each day to the game. But he was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in 2012. The pain would worsen every time he had to go down in the golf bunker, take a shot or climb the stairs. In search of permanent treatment, he consulted Dr Aashish K Sharma, head of the department — joint replacement, at SDM Hospital, Jaipur, who after an extensive examination, advised bilateral knee replacement. “Advanced arthritis had significantly impacted his life and resulted in knee deformity. To restore mobility and improve his life to help him resume golf, a TKR (Total Knee Replacement) was the only viable treatment option. With the use of computerassisted knee replacement technology, we could perfect his knee alignment, reduce blood loss, and chances of infection which in turn helped in faster recovery,” Dr. Sharma points out. TKR, followed by rigorous physiotherapy for two and a half months went a long way in getting Chaturvedi to swing his golf club again. But the recovery soon headed downhill, when, in 2016, he met with a terrible motorcycle accident. He sustained about 15 fractures in both legs, and one of the fractures was just an inch above the knee that had undergone TKR. The only query Chaturvedi had was, “Would I ever walk again or play golf ?” “With multiple fractures, the probability of him walking again was minimal. Most of all, it was a sign of worry for the replaced knee, with the fracture above it posing grave danger to the joint,” the surgeon says. But Chaturvedi’s strong will, grit, and positive outlook acted as an impetus for Dr Sharma to plan surgeries. After 5-6 surgeries for correcting the fractures in the legs and pelvis, along with grafting, the surgeon could save the knee, and bring it back to near normal state. “Mostly in such accidents with TKR patients, chances are high that the bone alignment gets disturbed, causing functional disability. Without the surgery, his bones wouldn’t have fused properly, making basic activities like walking, extremely painful,” Dr Sharma avers. After a year and a half of rigorous physiotherapy sessions, Chaturvedi has now started to walk again. “Apart from the surgery itself, physiotherapist-guided exercises have immensely contributed to the recovery and functional improvement of my knee. I am confident of resuming my daily activities and joining my fellow golfers very soon,” the everenthusiastic golfer says. The veracity of any health claim made in the above article is the responsibility of the concerned hospital/doctor.
both of golfer madhukar chaturvedi’s thighs and shin bones have rods, 10 metal plates and about 125 screws, but it can’t keep him off golf