Chennai, 20thJanuary 2021: A team of doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital performed a challenging multiple fragment surgery on an elbow of a 70 years old lady with multiple co-morbidities including COVID-19. The patient also had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes and Hypertension. The patient suffered the fractured elbow after a fall and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The treating team and surgery was led by Dr NandkumarSundaram, Chief of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fortis Malar Hospital.
Explaining the patient’s condition, Dr NandkumarSundaram said “Mrs.Saraswathy was rushed to the Fortis Malar ICU in a state of high fever and extreme breathlessness and was thereby was put on high-pressure support in order to sustain her normal breathing. It took three weeks of intensive care for her to get fit to undergo a complicated multiple fragment surgery. The most common complication one sees with this kind of a shattered elbow is joint stiffness andour aim is to attain full mobility and healing of the fracture without any neuro vascular complications.”
Commenting on the surgery, Dr NandkumarSundaramsaid “The surgery was done under the help of a tourniquet of the upper arm. The same was done to cut the blood supply and help us operate with a clear vision. Taking the COVID-19 situation into consideration, the patient was carefully placed in a face down position and the ulna bone was divided and reflected back with the muscle to expose the elbow joint from the back without damaging the nerves and vessels. The bone was osteoporotic and was carefully fixed on both sides with a plate without creating any further fractures. As the elbow joint is a complicated joint to operate on, we were still able to successfullyfix the fracture. My sincere thanks to the team of highly experienced critical care doctors and anaesthetists as well who aided in bringing patient back to normalcy
Commenting on her recovery, Mrs Saraswathy said,“My condition has improved immensely post the elbow surgery and I am now able to move around with confidence and at ease. I thank the expert team of doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital for having completely restored my mobility and giving me a second chance at life”
About Fortis Healthcare Limited
Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai and Sri Lanka with 36 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 9,000 potential beds and over 415 diagnostics centres.
About Fortis Malar Hospital:
Fortis Malar Hospital was acquired by Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited in early 2008. The hospital founded in 1992, is established as one of the largest corporate hospitals in Chennai providing quality super specialty and multi-specialty healthcare services. Fortis Malar Hospitals, with 180 beds, focuses on providing comprehensive medical care in the areas of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Diabetics, Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Fortis Malar Hospital has a state of the art Cath Lab and multiple dedicated cardiac operation theatres and intensive coronary care units. Several rare and complex Adult and Paediatric Cardiac surgeries, Orthopaedic and Joint replacements, Neurosurgeries and Plastic reconstruction surgeries have been performed at this hospital. The hospital’ Obstetrics and Gynaecology services are among the busiest in the city, successfully performing many complicated deliveries and surgeries. They are supported by a dedicated Neonatology unit.