In a rare instance,59-year-old identical twins Archana Shingre and Swapna Samel,both suffering from the same ailment underwent a bilateral knee surgery together last month.
Swapna,resident in Nerul,was suffering from knee pain for over 10 years but it became acute in the past five years.
Archana,who lives in Belapur,developed the same condition five years ago. Our father,too,suffered from knee pain. Arthritis runs in the family,and both of us have osteoarthritis, Swapna said.
Archana used to take ayurvedic treatment,which helped reduce the pain. But in the past five years,she needed a crutch for support and could not walk without pain in her knee, said Arun Shingre,Archanas husband.
The sisters were unable to walk for more than five minutes due to bone dislocation.
On November 21,they underwent surgery at Vashis Fortis hospital for tri-compartmental knee osteoarthritis.
According to Dr Rajesh Badiyani,orthopaedic surgeon,tri-compartmental knee osteoarthritis means disfigurement in the three bones of knee medial,lateral and patellofemoral (formed by kneecap and femur).
Their case was unique. Both developed pain around the same time and there was a need of replacing both the knees in Swapna and Archana, said Badiyani.
While each operation continued for 10-12 hours as opposed to the normal three-four hours,the sisters were able to walk by the fourth day.
Badiyani said the surgery took long because both sisters had subluxation of the knee joint (dislocation of bone).
The knee bones had deformed and due to dislocation,the surgery got more complicated. After the surgery,their bone deformation reduced to a great extent, he said.
A gender-specific knee implant,specially designed for women,was used in their case. While earlier knee movement of the twin sisters was limited,the range of movement increased post-surgery.