Dr. Mrinal Sharma

Dr. Mrinal Sharma
Joint Replacement Specialist
BLK Centre for Orthopaedics,
Joint Reconstruction & Spine
BLK Super Speciality
Hospital, New Delhi

Taking a Free Kick Again

Soccer player gets back on his feet after being
grounded by a knee injury


Uinga, a 7 feet tall soccer player from Tuvalu suffered from a debilitating stiffness of joints 5 years ago due to a knee injury which made him bedridden and dependent. He developed deformities and stiffness in his knees, hips and ankle joints. He was suggested to consult Dr. Mrinal Sharma at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.


Due to his condition, Uinga faced challenges while moving his knee joints and any other movement was next to impossible. Dr. Mrinal had to take bone cuts without dislocating the knee joints. Since there was little movement at his hips due to contracture, the fl exion and extension was limited. Even the largest size of implant seemed small for this 7 feet tall soccer player. Dr. Sharma had to use special constrained implants (TC3 Depuy) to stabilise and balance the knee.


The surgery was successful and the patient was made to stand with the walker the very next day. He started walking without pain in next few days and achieved good range of motion in his knees. He underwent rigorous physiotherapy and was quite content with his outcome.