BUTH performs first knee replacement surgery on 70-year-old


Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), says it has successfully carried out a complex total knee replacement surgery on an elderly patient of 70years of age.

This is contained in a statement by Joshua Suleiman, Director, Communication, Babcock University.

The patient, aged 70, who requested anonymity was said to have had features of bilateral severe osteoarthritis and a previous history of right patellectomy.

Dr Kelechukwu Onuoha, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, who supervised the surgery, said he had evaluated the patient for a right complex posterior stabilising Total Knee Replacement.

According to him, the surgery was carried out on February 11, under the combined spinal/epidural anesthesia, and it lasted for three hours.

Onuoha said the implant instruments and power tools for the surgery were supplied by Zimmer Biomet, an American company with regional headquarters in South Africa.

The next plan is for the patient tto three months and return for the second surgery on the left knee.

The patient, who had a smooth post-operative recovery and rehabilitation was discharged after five days.

The patient is also doing very well and can now live a normal life and walk straight,” he said.

On the risks associated with the surgery, the surgeon noted that the patient’s age, body size and blood pressure level were of concern to the medical team.

However, there were no complications throughout the duration of the operation.