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Max Hospital conducts Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement surgery

New Delhi: Max Institute of Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement claims to have performed India’s first Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) surgery, which has been prevalent in the West for nearly three years.

“Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) implant is a new un-cemented technique for ankle replacement. It uses new instrumentation, where it promises quick recovery and is even better for young patients who suffer joint injury due to accidents,” Dr S K S Marya, chairman and chief surgeon, Max Institute of Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement, told IANS.

“Patients can completely recover in three months. In case of patients between 25-40 years of age, the recovery time is between 6-7 weeks. Till now, we have had techniques that required cemented instrumentation. Now, STAR implants will offer better mobility than other conventional techniques to patients,” Dr Marya added.

The STAR surgery is performed to cure rheumatoid arthritis — a condition causing joint inflammation. Earlier, patients of arthritis had options like ‘joint fusion surgery’ and ‘clean up of joints’ to relieve them of ankle pain.

STAR costs around Rs 2 lakh with a durability of around 15 years. Patients are usually advised not to squat after the operation. [Source: IANS]

One Comment

  1. Niket Niket Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    This report is factually inaccurate on many counts:

    1. First Total Ankle Replacement in India was done in January 2008 by Dr Ashok Rajgopal in Fortis Hospital, Noida. This news was carried in Times of India on 18th January 2008. I am posting below a link to the above news article.

    2. This surgery in Max Hospital was conducted by Dr Selene Parekh, a Foot and Ankle Surgeon in USA during a course being conducted by the Indo-US Foot and Ankle Society. Dr SKS Marya, though a great surgeon, has got nothing to do with this surgery.

    3. This Ankle Replacement has been prevalent in the West for about a decade now and a 10 year followup claims an implant longevity of about 90%.

    It is advisable that aalatimes should confirm the authenticity of such claims before publishing them.


    Dr Niket

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