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June 16, 2017

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. ” In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencilsized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint. By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interiors of the joint through this very smallincision rather than making a large incision. The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look around the knee. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury, and then repair or correct the problem, if necessary.  

Why is Arthroscopy necessary?

  Diagnosing joint injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and X- ray. Additional tests such as an MRI or CT scan may also be needed. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made which may be more accurate than through “open” surgery or from X-ray studies.  

What are the normal joint conditions diagnosed through Arthroscopy?

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December 15, 2016

Dr. Hulse says if bags are more than 15-20% of the carrier’s body weight, it can cause problems. The most common is pain in the back and tiredness. But for some it could lead to acute muscle strain. “Ensure only books needed are taken” Steps:

  1. It is important to acknowledge this as something that creates mental stress to the children, whether or not it causes a health problem.
  2. Parents must ensure only books and notebooks needed for the day are packed in the bag.
  3. School bags should have double straps with soft padding so that the weight is evenly distributed.
  4. The bag has to be carried symmetrically – uneven straps and hunching while wearing the bag is to be avoided.
  5. School must have locker facility
  6. Inactivity can worsen the strain/pain. Students must stretch, walk or play often.
  7. An education department guideline should put a cap on the weight of a school bag for each class.
November 24, 2016

“A giant leap in quality of life after a complex surgery at Fortis Hospital BG road”

Dalia, a 28 year old girl, aspiring school teacher from Yemen with difficult social mores had a childhood fall with a visible deformity in her left elbow. She was able to use her hand but she always covered herself to avoid showing her deformity to friends and family. Her visits to the orthopaedic surgeons filled her with fear and dread; she was informed that it would be difficult to correct with only 50% chance of correction at best or at worst she would lose her hand function. She researched about possibilities of getting surgery done abroad and finally zeroed in on India. She visited many facilities in Bangalore but felt comfortable with Fortis.

She met Dr. Mohan Puttaswamy, Consultant Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgeon, who evaluated her and informed her that she will benefit from a surgical correction. She was impressed by his calm demeanour, erudition and realistic assessment of her clinical situation. After a complex surgery of 3 hours, she is able to straighten her elbow to almost 20 degree (previously she was stuck at 60 degree). Dr. Puttaswamy said “It is common to see elbow deformities after childhood fall but her case was challenging because sh