Conducted maximum joint replacements at highest altitude
C S Yadav, doctor of orthopaedics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has registered his name in the Limca Book of Records-2014-15 for conducting maximum joint replacements at the highest altitude. Yadav carried out total knee replacements and hip replacements in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from May 6-9, 2013. He was assisted by three doctors of Sonam Norboo Memorial Government Hospital, Leh, where the operations were conducted.
Yadav conducted 23 knee replacement and three total hip replacement surgeries at 11000 feet (3,353 metre) above sea-level.
“Medical facilities at such high altitudes are limited. We took equipments by air from Delhi,” said Yadav. He added that due to frequent climbing up and down, orthopaedic problems are common in places like Leh.
“Many patients from Leh come to AIIMS for joint replacement. It costs them Rs 4-5 lakh due to flight tickets and stay in the Capital. Our effort saved many of them from spending so much,” said Yadav.
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