Mr Sivananda Ramnath,  39 Underwent Hip Replacement in 2012
Within six months, I was back on track. Life felt more precious than ever before. As a result, I became a better husband, a better Dad, a better professional…and a better member of society. Now I am running the Chennai Marathon to raise funds for an NGO so that underprivileged children get proper primary education.

I was approaching 40 with a sense of peace.  I had somewhat figured life out.

A good career and an extremely inspiring wife. She is a runner  and her marathon wins inspired a new passion in my life, running. When I ran, I felt liberated. I began training for the Cauvery Marathon.

Then one day, I felt a pain in my left hip. I thought it would pass, but it gradually became unbearable. I was diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis or hip AVN.

I couldn’t believe it.

I went through 14 months of frustration and despair. For my condition, hip replacement was a suitable option, but I was anxious whether I could get back to life 100%. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to play with my son. Being at the peak of my career, I didn’t want to slow down. And giving up running… It was a difficult time.

As the pain worsened, my wife kept telling me surgery was perhaps the only way. .

So, I went to a joint replacement specialist.  He said there was no use delaying, surgery was the only option.

We did some research and found that all over India and globally, people were living active lives after hip replacement surgery. Moreover, our joint replacement surgeon explained that advances in implant options now allow greater stability and range of motion and may even enable running.

Finally, it was time to say- On your mark. Get set. Go.

After surgery, I went through a rigorous rehab program under my surgeon’s supervision. His encouragement and my wife’s support helped me recover quickly. Looking back, I wonder why I delayed the surgery off for so long.

Within six months, I was back on track. Life felt more precious than ever before.

As a result, I became a better husband, a better Dad, a better professional…and a better member of society.

I got a second chance. They need their first chance.

I have learnt that every challenge is an opportunity to become better.

So, never stop moving.

Important safety information
Knee replacement is not for everyone. There are potential risks. Recovery takes time and success depends on factors like age, weight and activity level. Only an orthopedic surgeon can tell if knee replacement is right for you & implant options suitable for you.