The Sanjay Orthopedic, Spine and Maternity Center, here has claimed to have successfully operated two nonagenarian patients recently who were suffering from osteoporosis. Dr Gaurav Sanjay of the hospital said, ‘’ A 91 year old male had a gradual onset of back pain after a trivial fall. He had a fracture of D 12 vertebra without any obvious injury in back. Another patient, a 97 year old female sustained left hip fracture due to slip from bed at night. Due to their advanced age such patients have comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac and asthma which further increase the problem and make the anesthesia and surgical procedure a high risk procedure and their post-operative recovery seems to be unpredictable. ‘’ He said that the Osteoporosis causes bones to become porous and thereby becoming weak and brittle that even a trivial fall or even mild stresses such as bending over, coughing, sneezing and laughing can cause a fracture.
“Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced all the time. Osteoporosis occurs when the formation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the loss of old bone. Bone mass increases up to 30 years of age when it achieves its peak. It remains almost constant from 30-50 years and then it starts decreasing after 50 years in females and 65 years in males. To prevent the disease one should take a balanced and a nutritious diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and maintain routine physical activities to maintain our bone health,’’ he said.
Saturday, 21 November 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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