A health survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre revealed that 11.9% of people in Dubai suffer from obesity.[i] The growing issue of obesity plays a key role in reducing people’s life expectancy and causes several severe health conditions. Obesity is a combination of factors including high calorie intake, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle practices etc. Obesity is now a growing phenomenon across the globe and is one of the key factors responsible for a number of chronic diseases including kidney diseases.
A total Knee replacement surgery was performed on a 52-year-old man at Aster Hospital, Mankhool. The patient, Mr. Abdel Gawwad presented with severe trauma in his left leg due to an injury sustained 20 years ago. Mr. Gawwad led a significantly impaired life for the past 20 years, given the injury that made his mobility extremely painful and difficult to perform, particularly over the past 5 years.
Referred to Aster Hospital by his friend who had previously undergone a successful hip replacement performed by Dr. Manjunatha G.S, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon at Aster Hospital, Mankhool, Mr. Gawwad decided to consult the doctor for a second opinion. Dr. Manjunatha who specialises in Joint replacements, upon thorough investigation, diagnosed that the patient had developed severe osteoarthritis, also known as post-traumatic osteoarthritis, a condition caused due to ageing and injury. Further investigations also revealed that the patient’s left lower limb/leg was 2.5cm shorter than his right one.