Mrs Nagi Narayanan,  59 Underwent Knee Replacement in 2009
Who said there was an age to stop living life completely! In fact, just last month I was snorkelling with my grandchildren. Today, I am not just a singer, but also an adventurer, a home maker…and as my grandchildren say ‘coolest grandma in the world’.

My father introduced me to music.  When I was a child, he would hold my hand and take me to music class.

Today, I am a professional singer. I love being on stage. That’s where I belong.

As a professional singer I need to sit and practice cross-legged on the floor for 3-4 hours every day. It is physically challenging. But it never kept me away from stage.

So when my knees started hurting, I found it difficult to sit or stand without support. I stopped performing on stage.

Once I had gone for a music performance with my husband. And we ran into a friend. He said- “Madam, when are we going to see you sitting on the stage and not in the audience?” My heart skipped a beat, because I felt exactly the same every time I watched a performance. I saw music going out of my life.

My family encouraged me to consult a joint replacement specialist. My father said that I was still his little daughter, that it was painful for him to see me like this.

But the fear of surgery was too much. Many said it was very safe, still I was apprehensive and wondered about possible side effects. I tried everything:  Ayurvedic medicines, hot oil massage, even alternate therapies (shakes her head)… But I was only delaying…it was my biggest mistake. The pain became unbearable. I was almost immobile.

Finally, my son intervened. He said ‘Amma, just get it done. I am here to take care of everything, don’t worry.”

He took me to a joint replacement specialist. I had advanced osteoarthritis. He spent some time explaining the progression of the disease and telling me about the implant options available to me. He advised a knee replacement without delay.

I was surprised to know that millions of people around the world were living an active life after joint replacement surgery. He invited me back to meet patients, who had undergone the procedure and were living their lives to the fullest. I heard their success stories and I felt relieved. All my apprehensions went away.

Soon I was back on stage.

Now my music is alive again! I sit and rehearse and perform. Who said there was an age to stop living life completely! In fact, just last month I was snorkelling with my grandchildren. Today, I am not just a singer, but also an adventurer, a home maker…and as my grandchildren say ‘coolest grandma in the world’.

So you see it seems the knee replacement has only one side effect – it makes you free to live life fully! (Laughs) It’s time for my performance. You can’t imagine how I feel right now! Like a beautiful song!

Then she gets up and moves towards the door, opens it and enters. As the door shuts, the screen blacks out.

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.