States first Actifit meniscal replacement surgery performs at VPS Lakeshore

States first Actifit meniscal replacement surgery performs at VPS Lakeshore
09
Sep

Kochi: The state's first Actifit meniscal replacement performed at VPS Lakeshore. The surgery was performed on Thaiseer, a 24 year old patient from Thrissur. The surgery was performed by a medical team headed by Dr. Jacob Varghese.

According to doctors, Thaiseer was admitted into the hospital with anterior cruciate ligament tear and complete complex tear of the medial meniscus which was irreparable.

The absence of meniscus will predispose the patient to early osteoarthrosis is the medium term. With increasing sporting activities damaged meniscus is a major cause of early arthritis. Repair of meniscus is possible only for the peripheral (rim) tears which have blood supply. Actifit meniscal implant was used to replace the torn medial meniscus for the first time in the State and Second time in the country”, said Dr. Varughese. In a few months the Actifit implant will get replaced by the patient’s own tissue which acts as a scaffold and has been shown to reduce the grade of osteoarthrosis and facilitate the joint preservation. He added that the other option would be to use cadaveric meniscal transplant for which the size and availability is an issue in India at present. Actifit can be trimmed to the size of the defect and can be directly imported by the patient at present.


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