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New technique can revolutionize treatment of joint disorders due to cartilage damage

New Delhi: Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals on Sunday hosted a workshop on the cartilage injuries and its treatment. The symposium was attended by leading doctors and surgeons in the field of orthopaedics, arthroplasty and arthroscopic.

The discussion was centred on the developments in the field of treatments for cartilage injuries of the joints. Cartilage injuries of the joints are common in people who are involved in sports activities and are often not diagnosed in time, which in turn leads to permanent damage to their joints, according to a statement.

The symposium focused on creating awareness amongst the attending delegates about the injuries. The focus in this meeting was on early diagnosis and various treatment modalities of the cartilage injuries. There were talks by eminent cartilage surgeons, from India and abroad, including Dr A A Shetty from UK and Dr S J Kim from South Korea. Various techniques of cartilage restoration were discussed.

Addressing the media, Dr S J Kim, head of the department of orthopaedics in Uijoongbu, St Mary’s Hospital, Catholic University Medical College, South Korea and the vice dean and director of Cell Therapy Centre, said, “Cartilage injuries can be risky as they are not diagnosed in time but now many new advances have come about in the field of orthopaedics. Procedures like articular cartilage transplantation can save a joint with a cartilage injury.”

Dr Kim has made many contributions to the field of medicine by patent innovations like, Cell Injector, Arthritis brace, CartiFill, Pin Guide for Necrotic bone and S Clamp for fracture.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr A A Shetty, renowned knee surgeon from UK, said, “Until now a two staged surgery was done to transplant the cartilage, but now after myself and Dr S J Kim have devolved a single stage technique for cartilage transplantation which can be done by a key hole arthroscopic surgery, it has made the procedure a lot simpler and more effective. This Shetty-Kim technique can revolutionize the treatment of joint disorders due to cartilage damage. At Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi this technique is now being developed and used for the patients.”

During the conference, Dr Raju Vaishya, surgeon in arthroplasty and arthroscopic, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, said, “Cartilage injuries do not have the capability to repair themselves. If not recognized in time and adequately treated can lead to an early onset of osteoarthritis of the joint. Unfortunately the awareness about cartilage injuries amongst common public and even amongst common doctors is not great. Hence most people with these injuries are either not diagnosed or if so, then very late. This symposium is aimed at creating awareness amongst everyone about the injuries and the new treatment methods in the field of orthopaedics.”

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