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Chinese orthopaedic surgeon performs surgery with his own leg in a splint

Shanghai surgeon Chen Yunsu didn’t let a torn Achilles tendon keep him away from his rounds for too long

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 March, 2017, 4:29pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 March, 2017, 4:29pm

A doctor in Shanghai performed two operations with his left leg in an orthosis after he injured his Achilles tendon five days ago, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

Chen Yunsu, vice-director of the orthopaedics department at the Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, injured his left ankle playing badminton on the morning of March 15.

He underwent surgery on the tendon the next day and rested for the following three days because he was unable to walk, the report said.

On March 20, Chen returned to work with his leg in the hi-tech splint and performed orthopaedic operations.

“There are so many patients in the hospital and we can save them money if their operations are not delayed due to shortage of surgical staff,” Chen said.

“Some patients come from afar, some have already waited for one or two months, and they cannot afford to long waits for treatment,”

Chen was not really supposed to stand for long periods after his leg surgery, but he said the modern medical support has greatly helped his recovery.