KCR health update: Ex-chief minister gets back on his feet after successful hip replacement

Physiotherapy will continue for a few more days and KCR may be discharged in 2-3 days if his body continues to cooperate, says Yashoda doctor.

ByBhaskar Basava

Published Dec 09, 2023 | 5:54 PMUpdatedDec 09, 2023 | 8:43 PM

KCR along with the doctors in Yashoda. (Supplied)

After successfully undergoing left total hip replacement surgery at a private super-specialty hospital in Hyderabad, ex-chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao was seen walking with support in a video released by the BRS party on Saturday, 9 December.

The video showcased KCR putting weight on his leg for practice with the help of the hospital’s specialists, indicating that he is in good health.

“Doctors assisted KCR with a walker and he affirmed that he is completely fine with no pain,” read a post by the BRS party on X.

Also read: KCR undergoes hip replacement surgery after suffering fracture 

Health bulletin

Health bulletin on KCR. (Supplied)

Health bulletin on KCR. (Supplied)

A press release from the BRS party stated that there is a possibility that KCR will be discharged in the next two or three days, and that doctors have recommended six to eight weeks of rest thereafter.

Dr Praveen Rao, Consultant Joint Replacement Surgeon at Yashoda Hospital, speaking to the media, said: “The progress of KCR’s health condition is good. He is recovering rapidly. He used a walker to move around the room, and his body responded well. This is referred to as ‘mobilisation start’, in medical terms. After the hip replacement, we encourage the patient to walk. KCR is experiencing minimal pain and we are also incorporating breathing exercises.”

He added, “He is medically stable and mentally strong. Physiotherapy will continue for a few more days. If his body continues to cooperate, we plan to discharge KCR in another two or three days.”

A health bulletin from Yashoda Hospitals, titled “Day 1 post surgery – update” also concurred that KCR is “medically stable”. It added that as per standard international practice guidelines, KCR was mobilised within 12 hours post surgery. It added that his treating doctors are satisfied with his progress.

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Surgery after fall at farmhouse

Following the defeat of the BRS in the recent Assembly elections, KCR resigned as the chief minister on 3 December. He stayed at his Erravelli farmhouse, where he held meetings with party leaders and the public.

On the night of 7 December, KCR (69) fell at his Erravelli residence and was subsequently shifted to Yashoda Hospitals at Somajiguda. After a thorough evaluation, the hospital reported that he had sustained a left hip fracture, and surgery was deemed necessary.

On the night of 8 December, he underwent the surgery successfully, as indicated in a bulletin released by the hospital.

Rao is expected to be discharged in a few days and an update from the hospital is awaited.

Meanwhile, the BRS Legislature Party on Saturday unanimously elected KCR as its leader in his absence. The meeting was not attended by the former chief minister’s son and party working president KT Rama Rao either.

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Wishes pour in

Political leaders from across party lines conveyed their wishes for KCR’s recovery. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his hopes for a swift recovery.

The new chief minister and a rival, A Revanth Reddy, instructed the provision of the best medical care for his predecessor. In response to his directive, Health Secretary SAM Rizvi visited the hospital earlier in the day to inquire about Rao’s health and informed the hospital management that Rao should receive the utmost care during his hospitalisation.

Expressing concern over KCRs injury, Union Minister and State BJP President G Kishan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, and other leaders wished him a speedy recovery.