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Safdarjung Hospital’s doctors treat totally ruptured knee without using any implant

New Delhi: Doctors at the Central Institute of Orthopaedics, Safdarjung Hospital on Friday performed a rare arthroscopic surgery involving only four stitches to get an 18-year-old patient with totally ruptured knee stand on his feet again. Doctors at other hospitals had said amputation was the only option in this case.

“Doctors prefer medical implants, screws, rods and plates mostly for complex orthopaedic surgeries. But for the first time, a team of orthopaedic surgeons here have conducted a surgery using arthroscopic suture bridging technique which does not require any implant like screws or endobutton,” said Dr Balvinder Singh, assistant professor, orthopaedic department, Safdarjung Hospital.

Around three weeks back, Ankur met with an accident and doctors diagnosed him with posterior cruciate ligament avulsion fracture of knee due to which he was not able to walk. “The patient’s ligaments were completely torn and they were fixed with just few stitches,” said Dr Singh.

According to Dr Singh, the arthroscopic suture bridging technique does not require any implant and screw. “This procedure has recently been adopted in Germany and the United States,” he added.

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