The evolution of total hip replacement surgery has become an appealing option for recipients around the world. New techniques and instruments result in more active futures for suffering patients. For 34-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi Osman, this procedure meant that he could get rid of the incessant pain in his femur, and return to normal motion and function. Mohamed recounts, “I noticed pain in my hips a year ago, this pain gradually got worse and eventually translated into a neck fracture. Eventually, the doctors gave me some pain medication and I underwent physical therapy.
Over the course of seven months, the doctors administered two steroid injections in the hip for the pain. Unfortunately, the steroid injections and the physical therapy gave short-term pain relief. It quickly dawned on Mohamed that he required extensive medical intervention to see him through. He sought help from an orthopaedist who ordered x-rays and further physical therapy; however, after weeks of no improvement, he referred Mohammed to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist after looking at his extensive history and reviewing his x-rays pointed out that the only real solution to get rid of the pain was to have his hips replaced.
“A couple of my family friends had their hips replaced several years ago; they all recommended Sharda Hospital in New Delhi, India due to the quality treatment. So I began searching for Sharda Hospital online. After searching for the cost of hip replacement surgery at Sharda Hospital, I landed on Vaidam.com. I eventually was contacted by a Vaidam case manager who guided me through the remaining procedure.” At the time Mohamed was specifically looking for Sharda Hospital, so his case manager made the necessary appointments with senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Sudhir Kumar.
“When I heard from my case manager that my appointment was made at one of the best orthopedic hospitals for hip replacement in India, I felt relieved. I was also asked if I needed any help with my travel arrangements and reassured that if I needed anything while in India, I just had to call”. Mohamed arrived in New Delhi on the 20th of May; he was accompanied by his elder brother Mohammad Bashir Osman. Upon arrival, the two made their way to Sharda Hospital where they were going to be for the next two weeks.
“When I met Dr. Sudhir Kumar, he told me about the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery and was told it was “less invasive” surgery with faster recovery than the more common posterior approach.” Mohammad went ahead with the surgery and his hip was replaced in the month of June. “When I woke up from surgery, I didn’t feel pain in my leg. And the incision discomfort was nothing compared to the pain I had been living with for many months prior to surgery. I also was able to get up with minimal help and do most things for myself.”
In quick succession, Mohammed began to see improvements, “within a week, I felt good enough to go downstairs to the lobby with my brother for a cup of coffee. I tried to be sensible and not overdo, but that was sometimes hard when I felt so good.” After two weeks at the hospital, Mohammed was discharged successfully, “when I left the hospital, I was able to put full weight on my leg right away. I used a walker for the first week since I was discharged.”
Now back in Somalia, Mohammed recounts his steps towards complete relief, “Everything looks good, and healing is going well. Dr. Kumar said I should be feeling better and stronger each week. I have already noticed that in these first six weeks; must say he is the top hip replacement surgeon in India.” It won’t be long before Mohamed will be rid of the cane for good. In the meantime, he is free of pain and has already resumed his life. We wish Mohamed a speedy recovery and a fruitful future ahead.