Hope for or­tho­pe­dic pa­tients, as new treat­ment tech­nique de­buts soon

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ojoma Akor

Anew form of treat­ment that shows prom­ise for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from joint, knee and other bone dis­or­ders will soon be in the coun­try.

The treat­ment is also ex­pected to help peo­ple who can­not af­ford to travel abroad for treat­ment to re­ceive the treat­ment in Nige­ria at rel­a­tively af­ford­able rates.

The usual bone and joint op­er­a­tions, or to­tal knee re­place­ment for pa­tients are usu­ally ex­pen­sive says re­gional chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer , West Africa of the Or­thopaedic Spe­cialty Hospi­tal, Samir Shaker Ahmed .

“Sev­eral med­i­cal in­stru­ments are used and the pa­tient may not be able to move for about three months, and the pa­tient stays for six hours un­der anes­the­sia but with the new tech­nique the pa­tient can be sup­ported to move within three hours,” he said.

He ex­plained that the new tech­nique mea­sures ex­act joint of the pa­tient based on CT scan an in­volves uses of com­puter and soft­ware in­vented by SurgiNovi, a Bri­tish com­pany.

He said pro­fes­sor and head of the or­tho­pe­dic depart­ment of Oc­to­ber 6 univer­sity, Cairo, Egypt Prof. Mah­moud Hafez will soon es­tab­lish a bone and joint cen­tre in Nige­ria through his bone and joint cen­tre in Egypt in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SurgiNovi .

SurgiNovi in­vented the to­tal knee, hip and other joint op­er­a­tion tech­nique will does not re­quire much equip­ment, short­ens time for op­er­a­tion and min­i­mizes risk of op­er­a­tion.

Speak­ing with this reporter on phone from Egypt, Prof Mah­moud Hafez said the tech­nique is a pa­tient spe­cific tem­plate for joint re­place­ment, spine and bone de­for­mi­ties and cus­tom made guide that can be used for sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tions for arthri­tis , bro­ken bone in­fec­tion, spine de­for­mi­ties and bone tu­mour.

Hafez who is a con­sul­tant arthro­plasty sur­geon at NHS hospi­tal UK, ex­am­iner SICOT Diploma World Or­thopaedic Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Bel­gium, a del­e­gate of Egypt in In­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion of in­ven­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, Hun­gary, among oth­ers is also an editor and re­viewer to few or­tho­pe­dic, med­i­cal and sci­en­tific jour­nals and in­sti­tutes world­wide.

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