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SSMC in Abu Dhabi performs total hip replacement with minimally invasive procedure

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Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) recently performed a total hip replacement using a minimally invasive approach on a patient with severe necrosis of the femoral head.

Osteonecrosis of the hip occurs when the blood supply to the femoral head is interrupted, causing bone tissue to die, resulting in disabling arthritis. The surgery involves applying a highly complex orthopedic surgical approach known as the direct anterior approach to the hip. The hospital’s medical team, one of the largest in the UAE, is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha) and the Mayo Clinic, using a special hip anterior distraction table to help safely perform the procedure.

“The patient suffered from osteonecrosis of the femoral head in his hip and had been in excruciating pain for many years, seriously affecting his daily life and quality of life. Therefore, we opted for an anterior hip replacement, which involved a small incision so that we can remove the damaged bone and insert the hip implant without injuring the muscles and tendons around the hip joint,” said Dr Mohamed Muath Adi, SSMC Consultant Orthopedic Surgery and Acting Chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Division.

“Although minimally invasive, hip replacement through the direct anterior hip approach requires the use of advanced equipment and meticulous surgical technique, both of which are offered at SSMC,” he added.

With the global re-selection of the direct anterior hip approach as the method requiring hip arthroplasty, the technique offers a range of advantages including faster recovery, reduced risk of post-operative dislocation and minimal damage to the hip muscles, reducing the number of surgeries accepted Patient’s pain during surgery.

Patient Omar Albalooshi expressed his relief and gratitude after the two-hour operation was successfully completed.

“I was really amazed at how smooth my experience at SSMC was and I am so happy that I was able to walk and stand with my full body weight and no pain just four hours after surgery. I would like to thank the entire medical team, especially It’s Dr Adi, very caring, kind and professional. I would also like to thank the nursing staff and Physiotherapy team at SSMC for supporting me in my recovery journey. I am so happy to have access to such high quality medical care here in Abu Dhabi talent because I can treat and manage my cases closer to home,” he said.

The patient was released from the hospital two days after the surgery and will continue with his rehabilitation program, which includes rehabilitation periods and physical therapy sessions to regain mobility and adjust to the hip replacement.

“As one of the largest hospitals for severe and complex care in the UAE, SSMC, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, is bringing true holistic patient care and its groundbreaking surgery to the region. As a team, we remain committed to improving the Taking care of patients’ quality of life and ensuring this is achieved through our team of top medical experts who employ best practice and are supported by cutting-edge research, equipment and technology,” said SSMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Gettman.

“As we strive to become a destination medical center and maintain Abu Dhabi’s place on the global healthcare map, SSMC has placed a strong emphasis on leading with empathy. Being patient-centred and providing integrated and compassionate care is what we do as core to the purpose of a general care hospital that continually strives to achieve better outcomes and be first-in-class in healthcare delivery,” he added.



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