Sidra Medicine has successfully performed a series of hip preservation surgeries on young patients using the modified Dunn procedure.
A recent surgery was performed on a young girl who presented with considerable discomfort and a significant limp. The patient Eman, was referred to Sidra Medicine by Al Khor Hospital.
Eman’s condition was a result of a slippage of the growth plate at the top of her thigh bone called slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a condition that affects both components of the hip joint and when the ball of the hip joint slips on the growth plate during growth.
After undergoing a thorough pre-surgery evaluation with the orthopaedic surgery team at Sidra Medicine, Eman was scheduled for the pioneering modified Dunn procedure in February 2019.
The complex four hour surgery was led by paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Talal Ibrahim along with division chief of paediatric orthopaedic surgery Dr Jason Howard and paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr Abdelsalam Hegazy.
Dr Ibrahim said, “The modified Dunn procedure is the pinnacle of paediatric orthopedic surgery. We are happy to see Eman thriving since the surgery was performed. She has started to fully bear weight on the left hip which is viable and stable. The patient’s family are very pleased with the result and that their daughter is now out of pain.”
Two months on, Eman is currently receiving post-surgery care at Sidra Medicine and is soon expected to make a full recovery. Eman commented: “Since the operation, I can go about my day without the pain and discomfort that was plaguing me before. The nurses and doctors here are really friendly and made my stay comfortable. Thank you for taking such good care of me.”
Eman’s surgery, care and treatment is the second case performed by Sidra Medicine in recent months. The methodology highlights the multidisciplinary nature of Sidra Medicine’s approach to orthopaedic surgery as patient care teams include specially trained nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, child-life specialists and orthopaedic technologists. The surgery team also leverage Sidra Medicine’s in-house 3D surface imaging and 3D printing systems to create a state-of-the art clinical assessment and planning for such cases.
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