HMC’s Bone and Joint Center Performs its 100th Robot-Assisted Knee Arthroplasty
First Center in MENA Region to Introduce MAKOplasty Technology
Doha, 4 January, 2020: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Bone and Joint Center has performed its 100th robot-assisted knee joint replacement surgery using MAKOplasty advanced technology. In March 2018, the Bone and Joint Center became the first healthcare facility in Qatar and the MENA region to introduce this highly advanced surgical technology.
The surgery was performed at the Center’s Short Stay Unit by a team of orthopedic surgeons from the Bone and Joint Center led by Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Al Ateeq Al Dosari, Senior Consultant and Head of Orthopedic Surgery Department and Director of the Bone and Joint Center. The team also included Dr. Issam Al Muhaireeq, Dr. Shamsi Abdul Hameed and Dr. Muatassim Salama. The surgery was performed for a 71-year-old female patient with severe knee osteoarthritis to improve her mobility after she had tried all available conservative treatment options.
“Robot-assisted knee arthroplasty technology offers many additional advantages compared to traditional surgery, including less damage to the tissues surrounding the knee, improved bone cutting precision, shorter operative times, and less post-operative pain for the patient. This has encouraged more patients around the world to opt for robotic surgery treatment options, which in turn led to the advancement of robotic surgery technologies,” said Dr. Mohamed Al Ateeq.
“Qatar has been investing heavily in the healthcare sector to ensure it can keep up with the latest medical and surgical trends and comply with the highest international standards, and this surgical advancement is one of the results of this investment. By providing high-quality and safe healthcare services to its patients, HMC’s Bone and Joint Center is playing an important role in the accomplishment of Qatar’s health sector mission. As soon as the development of MAKOplasty joint replacement technology was announced, we strived to obtain this advanced technology to enable our patients to benefit from it. We entered into lengthy negotiations to import this advanced technology to Qatar, which was at that time exclusive to healthcare facilities in the USA,” added Dr. Al Ateeq .
Dr. Issam Al Muhaireeq said the new technology has helped in the treatment and rehabilitation of a large number of patients since its introduction and the surgery that was performed last week marked the 100th surgical procedure performed using this technology.
“Medical and surgical advances and the continued improvement of nursing and allied healthcare services have meant that this kind of surgery can now be performed in a short-stay unit setting. We carefully screen our patients before selecting them as possible candidates for this surgery, and then we prepare them for the procedure. Patients are normally discharged home on the same day of the surgery and are then referred for post-operative follow-up in our outpatient clinics where they are provided with pain management care and treatment for any complications. We also refer the patients to the Physiotherapy Department to help improve their mobility and they can usually get back to their normal daily life within three months of surgery. The impressive success rate of this new surgical technique has encouraged more patients to request to have their knee arthroplasty done at the Bone and Joint Center,” added Dr. Al Muhaireeq.
The outpatient care pathway has helped reduce the number of patients on the waiting list for knee arthroplasty, which led to the improvement of hospital performance, especially on logistical and financial levels. This clinical pathway has led to significant improvements in perioperative patient counseling and education. Patient awareness and overall satisfaction have also increased, due to the encouraging success rate of this surgical technique and its positive outcomes in terms of improved post-operative mobility and the reduced post-operative pain.