Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 30:
After successful surgery on his troublesome ankle at a premier hospital in Australia on Wednesday, hockey great and Rajya Sabha member from Odisha Dr Dillip Tirkey is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.
Sources at the Sportsmed SA, the renowned sports medicine institute in Adelaide in Southern Australia, said the ace hockey player would, however, stay in the city for at least two weeks for post-operative rehabilitation.
“He has been advised to undergo a structured rehabilitation program. It is expected that in due course of time, he would be able to resume his normal activities and limited sporting pursuits,” the sources said.
The team that conducted the bilateral ankle surgery was headed by Dr James Clayton, who was assisted by sports surgeon Dr Vaibhav Bagaria of the Care Hospital in Nagpur (India), Dr Angela Moran, team physician for ‘Adelaide Thunderbirds’ and Dr Karl Penn.
“As part of the surgery, he underwent bilateral anatomical reconstruction on his ATFL and CFL ligaments using modified Broström procedure. His ligaments were repaired after tightening in their original position. Owing to the recurrent trauma and instability, he also had scarred tissue in the ankle joint which was arthrosocopically removed,” said surgeons Dr James Clayton and Dr Vaibhav Bagaria explaining the nature of the injury and the kind of treatment done.
“He also had damaged tendons on the outer side of his ankle called Peroneii. While on the right side they were repaired, on the left side one of the tendons was not repairable and a tenosynovectomy was done,” Dr Calyton said.
Tirkey, who played a whopping 412 international matches, the highest among Indian players, had injured his ankle several times during his long playing career but continued playing till the injury finally forced him to retire from professional hockey. The injury had caused severe pain, constant swelling and inability to participate even in minor sporting activities.
A review by his sports surgeon Dr Vaibhav Bagaria revealed that he had ruptured the ligaments of both the ankles and that tendons around his ankle joint had been extensively damaged. He advised him to undergo surgery on a priority basis so as to prevent further damage to his ankle joint and to facilitate an early return to normal daily life and limited sporting activity.
Hectic campaigning in the scorching summer heat during the recently concluded elections, in which he was fielded as the BJD candidate in the Sundargarh Lok Sabah seat, certainly did not help. That is why the ace hockey decided to undergo the much delayed surgery immediately after the elections.