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Femoral and Tibial screw fixation pulse ideal for quick recovery from ACL injuries
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Dr. George Verghese

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Kerala


In the last 15 years, Dr. George Verghese observes that many high performing atheletes come from financially weak backgrounds. Due to lack of insurance cover, They are forced to opt for cheap treatments instead of the best ones, making them compromise on their performance. “Interference in femur and tibia gives the best results in ACL Reconstruction and a quicker recovery than the more popular antibiotics,” he gives out a message to the fraternity of orthopedic surgeons. “Instead of becoming a general orthopedic surgeon, young surgeons must focus on specializing in their area of interest by getting trained under other competent surgeons,” he advises the young asipirants.

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Dr. VS Abhilash Kumar

</b> Being a sports surgeon for 15 years, so what are the changes you prefer in the present scenario, regarding the public.


Dr. George Verghese

</b> What I find is over the last 15 years, most of the patients who come to us are high performing athletes from a very financially low background and it is very hard for them to afford the expensive surgeries that are currently available and I think it is important that the administration and the government understands this and keeps them under a cover of insurance, athletes are not aware that they should be under a cover of insurance which will make it easy for them to get the best treatment and not go for the cheapest that is available, it is protecting their knee, shoulder and knee joint. It is paramount to make sure that their performance is served.


Dr. VS Abhilash Kumar

</b> And the message you wanted to give for other orthopedic surgeons who are practicing this sports medicine.


Dr. George Verghese

</b> There is something that I am passionate about as far as the knee injury is concerned. ACL or anterior cruciate ligament injuries are one of the most common injuries that can happen to young sport men and there are many fixations that are used but I feel personally that the interference in the femur as well as the tibia gives the best results and it can get them back to active sports much quicker than the more popular, probably the more popular antibiotics. So I wish if god gave me a chance that all the surgeons switch to femoral and tibial screw fixation pulse.


Dr. VS Abhilash Kumar

</b> And the message you wanted to give to the young budding orthopedic surgeons.


Dr. George Verghese

</b> The new orthopedic surgeons right now should understand that the scenario has changed from when we started. Now more and more people and more of patient are more aware of what a surgeon is capable of and I think rather than trying to be a general orthopedic surgeon, young surgeon should focus on specific areas of interest and get trained under competent surgeons, so that they learn their skill and come back and join hospital where there could be known as a specialist rather than a general orthopedic surgeon.


Dr. VS Abhilash Kumar

</b> Thanks sir. It is a pleasure meeting you.



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