Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Bhubaneswar successfully replaced both hip joints and knee joints in a single surgery for a 37-year-old woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The single surgery meant that the patient could start walking in three days and was discharged seven days after the surgery. Normally, the joints are replaced one by one in separate surgeries and the patient remains in bed for nearly two months.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya hailed the doctors for providing free treatment to the patient who was unable to walk because of pain in her joints.
Replacing all joints in one surgery can help in reducing the hospital stay and thereby complications.
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