68-year-old man climbs Mount Everest after knee-replacement surgery

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National, August 23, 2022: A 68-year-old man climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest after getting a knee replacement surgery at Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad, breaking several myths attached to the surgery.

Indore-based Anil Sharma has always been an outdoor enthusiast and inclined towards sports. But by the age of 57, he started having osteoarthritis of knee joints and his mobility reduced drastically. Walking even 100 to 200 metres was painful for Sharma. This is when he decided to take matters into his hand and approached Dr KC Mehta, Director & Head, Chandra Knee Clinics, and Director & Head, Knee Department, Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad.

Dr Mehta performed the knee replacement with a special technique that causes minimal invasion and less tissue damage with no use of diathermy. Due to this technique, Sharma recovered quickly post-surgery. He walked on the day of his surgery, went to work after a month of recovery and just after three months went on a solo trek to the Chandigarh-Kinnaur valley. In 2015, Sharma climbed the Mount Everest base camp solo with a 10-kg bag and achieved a momentous feat.

Dr Mehta has performed thousands of knee replacements with his unique technique and the audited outcome is comparable to or even better than international norms. He said, “The most common question asked by patients who come for knee replacement is whether they will be able to climb stairs after knee replacement. To which I say if Anil Sharma, who could barely walk 100-200 meters before surgery, can now climb mountains then you can definitely climb staircases at home.”

Now a retired bank employee, Anil Sharma, goes on a new adventurous trek every year after his knee replacement surgery. It includes a trek in Kinnaur-Spiti-Lahaul valley in 2013, Tungnath-Rudranath-Madhyamaheshwar in 2014, Everest base camp in 2015, Anna Purna Devi base camp in 2016, Roopkund in 2017, Langtang valley glacier trek in Nepal in 2018, and Dehradun-Mussoorie in 2021.

About Apollo Hospitals:

It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap C Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.  Now, as Asia’s foremost trusted integrated healthcare group, its presence includes over 12,000 beds across 72 Hospitals, 3800+ Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care clinics and 650 Diagnostic centers, 148 plus Telemedicine Centres, over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research, Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical advancements with the most recent investment being the commissioning of South East Asia’s very first Proton Therapy Centre in Chennai.

Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual. In a rare honour, the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010.  For 37 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Its hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services.

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