Tripod deformity Ludhiana: In a rare six hours-long surgery, the doctors successfully removed an extra leg of a one-year-old boy, who had three legs, at a hospital in Model Town in Ludhiana.
The Ludhiana-based infant had a birth defect known as tripod deformity where an additional rudimentary leg was arising from the back beside the two normal legs. The third leg was neurologically intact although the power in that leg was reduced.
Four doctors performed the surgery on the infant who has been placed under observation at the paediatric ICU and is recovering.
The boy, who had three legs, belongs to a low-income family of labourers. Hence, he was taken to the hospital with the help of a city-based NGO. The surgery cost Rs 1.25 lakh.
As per the doctors, the birth defect was seemingly due to a parasitic Siamese twin. Deep Hospital director Dr Baldeep Singh said that the patient’s MRI scan showed the presence of femur tibia fibula and the knee joint in the additional leg.
Thus, the expert panel of doctors decided to perform corrective surgery to remove the third leg.
As per the report, the surgery required a multi-disciplinary approach. It was carried out by neurosurgeon Dr RK Kaushal, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Mohammad Yamin, paediatrics surgeon Dr RJ Singh and senior plastic surgery consultant Dr RavindraTah.
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