Rare reverse shoulder replacement surgery in city helped her regain normal life

Posted by: at 5/25/2017 03:58:00 am



Bangalore: Ratna Singh, a 55-year-old homemaker from Patna struggled with acute osteoarthritis coupled with severe malunited fractures on her right shoulder, for several months, with no relief from the physiotherapy sessions and medications, till she underwent a rare surgery at the city’s Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal.
Rare reverse shoulder replacement surgery in city helped her regain normal life


It all started five years ago with an auto accident. Recollecting that eventful day, Ratna said, “I was on my way back home from shopping when my auto got hit by a huge boulder on the road and lost its balance.”

As the auto tripped, it’s entire weight fell on Ratna causing severe injuries on her right shoulder. Ratna was put on a shoulder sling for some time, as local doctors detected fracture on her right shoulder.


However, 3 years back she started facing discomfort again on her right shoulder. Ratna was unable to move her hand, and would often face difficulties in carrying out day-to-day household chores. She tried various treatment methods, physiotherapy and medicines, but to no help.


Around 3 months back, the pain on the right shoulder aggravated, so much so that she would even face difficulty in carrying out day-to-day activities like combing her hair, wearing her clothes, bathing and washing. That is when one of her sons, who is working in Bangalore, suggested her to come to the city for a check-up at Columbia Asia Hospital.

“After examination, we found out that she was suffering from a severe malunited fracture with osteoarthritis of right shoulder which led to damage of her ball and socket joint of the shoulder. This further led to severe pain and she was not able to move her shoulder,” said Dr. Ravichandra Kelkar - Consultant – Orthopedics, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal.

“We advised her to undergo a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. In this surgery, her normal shoulder joint was replaced and her ball and socket were reversed with an artificial joint. This surgery is done only in severe cases where the shoulder joint and muscles of the shoulder are damaged,” added the doctor.


“Reverse shoulder replacement is a very rare surgery. Out of 100 shoulder replacement surgeries, 5-8 are reverse shoulder replacement which is only 1% - 5% of all shoulder replacement surgeries,” added Dr. Ravi.

Ratna underwent almost 5 hours long surgery on May 10th. She was discharged from the hospital after 2 days. She will revisit the hospital on May 18th for a follow-up check and to remove her stitches.  After this, she will need to undergo physiotherapy to bring back the movement in her shoulder.


About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.

Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.

About Columbia Asia Group of Companies
The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (11), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.



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