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Man, 93, undergoes hip replacement successfully – Mumbai – DNA.

Man, 93, undergoes hip replacement successfully

Published: Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012, 8:00 IST

By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

After being bedridden for more than a month and undergoing a total hip replacement surgery, 93-year-old Leo Kolge has got a new lease of life.

A resident of Kalyan, Kolge tripped and fell a month and a half ago. However, he ignored the pain and remained bedridden during that period.

Dr Ashish Arbat, orthopaedic surgeon at Fortis Hospital, said, “When Leo came to me, he was completely bedridden and he needed a hip replacement surgery. When we told him about the surgery, he was readily willing to go under the scalpel, which was an assuring sign. We made the patient walk on day three after the surgery and he was doing fine,” said Dr Arbat.

Kolge, who can now walk without any support, said, “I was totally bedridden and needed support. Since age was not on my side, a few doctors refused surgery. After the surgery, I am happy that I am back on my foot.”

Doctors said an older patient needs to be fit for a total hip replacement surgery. Total hip replacement surgeries are mostly done on patients aged between 55 and 80. Dr Pradeep Bhosale of the KEM Hospital said, “I have done six such surgeries on patients above 90. It depends on the bone condition of the patient and how fit s/he is.”