Abdulrahman Al Owghani
DHA organises hip replacement surgeries
Dubai, April 15, 2014
A team of orthopaedic surgeons from France will be visiting Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hospitals to conduct latest minimally invasive hip replacement surgeries for several patients in need of this procedure.
The consultations and operations will be performed in collaboration with all orthopaedic units in DHA hospitals, from April 27 to May 1. Consultations will take place on April 27 and 28 at Dubai Hospital’s Orthopaedic Clinic.
The team will be headed by Dr Etienne Penetrait, head of Bone and Joint Surgery, Belle-Isle Hospital, Metz, France and Dr Philippe Macaire, senior consultant, Anesthesia Department in Rashid Hospital.
The visit of the team is based on the recommendations of Essa Al Maidoor, director-general of the Dubai Health Authority who recently visited France to discuss healthcare collaboration and met with Dr Penetrait as part of his tour. He was provided with an overview of this new technique that helps patients recover faster due to the minimally invasive nature of the surgery.
The Belle Isle hospital performs approximately 400 hip replacement surgeries and 500 knee replacement surgeries annually.
Abdulrahman Mohammad Al Owghani, director of the Foreign Relations and Media Department at the DHA said: “The aim of this initiative is to facilitate knowledge transfer and provide patients in DHA hospitals with access to the latest advances in medicine.”
“This is the first time a surgical team of doctors from France is visiting Dubai to conduct this procedure. This procedure allows a surgeon to perform the hip replacement through one small incision. The incision is usually placed over the outside of the hip. The muscles and tendons are split or detached, but to a lesser extent than in the traditional hip replacement operation.
“They are routinely repaired after the surgeon places the implants. This encourages healing and helps prevent dislocation of the hip. The recovery of the patient is much faster and the patient does not need to undergo intensive physiotherapy to regain mobility. The implants for this procedure will also be provided by the French team as they are smaller in size and are the latest model used for this procedure,” he added.
He added that patients who undergo this procedure usually get discharged in one to two days compared to tradition surgery which takes around two weeks.
The procedure is needed for elderly patients especially those who are diabetic and/or obese. – TradeArabia News Service