Alcoholism increases chances of rheumatoid arthritis among youth

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Panaji, Dec 16 (UNI) Alcoholism, particularly among the youth, increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis marked with constant pain in joints.

Disclosing this to media persons here yesterday, Dr Rajendra Bhandankar, joint replacement surgeon attached with the Belgaum-based Prabhakar Kere Hospital and Medical Research Centre cautioned the youth against consumption of liquor to avoid the risk of arthritis.

The corporate hospital in Karnataka with full-fledged joint replacement and arthroscopy unit, has performed more than 400 surgeries with almost cent per cent success rate, Dr Bhandankar claimed.

The hospital, he said, has plans to promote ''health tourism'' in a big way, with Goa as its base, to provide foreign and domestic tourists with state-of-the-art medicare including superspeciality surgeries at considerably lower rates.

More than one per cent of the population with over 40 years of age suffer from various types of arthritis which cause destruction of cartilage leading to pain when both ends of the bone rub against each other during movement.

The symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, progressive deformity and loss of motion of the affected joints and the last resort is surgery.

Most of the surgeons are yet to take to indigenous implants, whose efficacy is still under study. The surgery costs more than Rs 1.5 lakh each with imported implants costing considerably, Dr Bhandankar said.

The surgery, he said, was quite safe when performed by experienced surgeon under an ideal set up. It improves the quality of life and overall health of the patients, Dr Bhandankar added.

UNI

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