A strong-willed golfer with iron legs

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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


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