Total Knee Replacement Operation a Success

DUBAI — The Dubai Bone and Joint Centre (DBAJ) has successfully performed the UAE’s first bilateral computer-assisted total knee replacement procedure, significantly elevating the level of orthopedic services available in the region.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2009, 10:17 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:25 AM

Dr Michael van Steijn, an orthopaedic surgeon at DBAJ based at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) successfully performed the operation on a 64-year chronic osteoarthritis patient at the City Hospital locatedin Dubai HealthcareCity recently.

“The surgery utilises state-of-the-art technology to guide placement of the artificial knee (implant) into the ideal position. If this position differs from normal alignment by even three degrees, early wear of the implant will occur, shortening its life-span. Computer-assisted navigation allows for precise control and ensures normal alignment. The procedure eliminates the need for preoperative planning including additional CT-scans or X-rays and involves less blood loss,” explained Dr van Steijn.

“The computer-assisted method gives me confidence that I have done everything I can for my patient, offering the best chance for a new knee that will last for a very long time.”

Total knee replacement is a well known procedure for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.

The ultimate goal is to achieve a strong and pain-free knee. Computer-assisted surgery allows the surgeon better control and more accurate alignment when compared with conventional instruments.

The procedure includes a computer display of the entire leg, clearly visible to the surgeon. This allows the surgeon to effectively navigate his instruments, ensuring accurate and precise cuts can be made to the bones. “Although knee replacement is a common procedure, computer-assisted surgery for this purpose is an innovative new offering from DBAJ,” said Suzanne Al Houby, Vice President of DBAJ.

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