Mend­ing Bones

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Dr Nis­chal Chugh Dr Nis­chal Chugh, 42, Di­rec­tor and HOD, Cen­tre for Joint Re­place­ment, Saroj Super Spe­cial­ity Hospi­tals

It was his grand­par­ents' fre­quent vis­its to doc­tors that mo­ti­vated Dr Chugh to take up the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. "I be­lieve this is the only self­less pro­fes­sion in this world where you care for your pa­tients more than you do for your­self for your fam­ily," he says. With an MS & DNB in Orthopaedi­cs from Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia Hos­pi­tal, Delhi, Dr Chugh was drawn to orthopaedi­cs be­cause, "There were only a few surg­eries that pro­duced im­me­di­ate re­sults, such as joint re­place­ment. You could make a pa­tient who came on a wheel­chair or a stretcher, am­bu­lant in a few days. This in­spired me to be­come an or­thopaedic sur­geon and spe­cialise in joint re­place­ment." And it was a jour­ney of pas­sion ever since. Ask him about the most chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion and he says with con­tent­ment. "My most chal­leng­ing case of sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion was when a 48-year-old house­wife suf­fer­ing from Rheuma­toid arthri­tis came to me with the hope I could help her walk. At the age of 44, she had fallen and frac­tured her left hip. She was op­er­ated upon, but was un­able to walk ever since and was on catheter for the past four years. Af­ter six months of be­ing op­er­ated upon, her con­di­tion wors­ened and her knees be­came straight with no move­ment. I fi­nally took the her­culean task that re­quired a lot of plan­ning with my team. I re­placed both her knees and in a pe­riod of just three months she was able to sit, stand on her own, climb stairs and walk with­out sup­port. Her fam­ily still be­lieves that we have per­formed a mir­a­cle."

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