Suffering with painful osteoarthritis of his left knee, Elnoor Muntasir El-Hassan, a 48-year-old doctor working for the World Health Organization in Afghanistan, and Salman Ahmed Qureshi, a 66-year-old Pakistani engineer working in Dubai with arthritis in both knees, had lost all hope of ever walking again.
However, Dr. Matthias Honl, a consultant orthopedic surgeon and head of the Joint Replacement Unit at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai, offered them customized knee replacements made using a 3D-printer. Performed for the first time in the UAE and the GCC region, by the surgeon who was the first to perform this surgery, the advanced medical procedure not only offered a new lease of life to the patients, but also ensured that they could perform regular day-to-day activities with ease.
“The procedure is simple and makes use of a CT scan to size up the patient’s knee before the implant is even manufactured. It then prints a wax mold of the implant based on the dimensions of the patient’s knee, which is used as a model for the implant itself,” said Dr. Honl, who has been using the technology since 2008 in Austria.
“I am happy that the technology found its way to be available for our patients in the Gulf region.”