Experts discuss knee surgery developments

DUBAI — A two-day medical conference in the city recently brought together over 80 surgeons from the Middle East and beyond to share the latest developments in the field of knee surgery and discuss new developments such as Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS).

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 15 Feb 2007, 8:37 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

The conference was hosted by the Total Joints Replacement Centre of Excellence at the American Hospital Dubai in association with The Zimmer Institute. The opening session was led by Siegfried Hofmann, MD, Associate Professor at the Stolzalpe clinic in Austria.

The conference featured presentations and discussion sessions as well as a live surgical procedure using MIS.

The focus of the meeting was the use of MIS in knee replacement surgery and the specific needs of patients in the Middle East — typically, patients in the region need to be able to pray five times per day and to be able to sit on the ground comfortably when socialising.

For surgeons using knee implants, this demand means that the new joint implant must flex fully to allow the full movement of the leg, and to allow patients to meet their religious and social obligations.

Dr Samih Tarabichi, Director of the Total Joints Replacement Regional Centre of Excellence at the American Hospital Dubai, who performed the live surgery, said, "The conference focused on full flex knee surgery and the MIS, which reduces trauma and pain for the patient, ensures a quicker recovery and a better aesthetic outcome. The technique is more prominent in Europe and it is not an easy option, but we have already performed over 1,200 knee replacement procedures at the American Hospital Dubai using MIS."

"We also looked at the latest replacement knee implants - for example, of the 2,000 joint replacement patients we have treated at the American Hospital Dubai, 70 per cent of whom were women. There is now a new knee joint implant designed specifically for women," added Dr Tarabichi.

Michael Humphris, General Manager of Zimmer Limited, which supported the conference, said, "The Middle East is very advanced in the field of knee replacement surgery, with excellent surgeons and facilities."

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