The first ever joint surgery to take place outside of capital Male’ was performed at Hithadhoo Regional Hospital in Addu City on Monday.
The Total Knee Replacement surgery was successfully performed on a 60-year-old woman, by three doctors native to Hithadhoo Island; Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)’s Orthopaedician and head of Orthopaedic Department, Dr. Ali Muznee, the Maldives’ first Orthopaedcian Dr. Mohamed Habeeb, and Dr. Hussain Faisal.
The surgery began around 10:30 a.m. Monday and was completed at 1:00 p.m. The patient, who requires the replacement operation for both of her knees, will is scheduled to undergo her next surgery after one and half months, at the same hospital.
The most common reason for knee replacements is due to osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative joint disease, mostly occurring in knees, hips, lower back and the neck. The disease is caused when the cartilage covering the end of a bone breaks down and ultimately wears away, resulting in the ends of bones rubbing together and leading to substantial joint damage.
A large number of people have also signed up for knee replacement surgeries at IGMH.
Dr. Muznee stated that the aim is to conduct the operations occasionally across regional hospitals. Furthermore, he revealed that a joint surgery will be conducted at the Thinadhoo Regional Hospital in Gaafu Dhaal Atoll, in the following month.
Although facilities to conduct common operations have been developed in regional hospitals, Dr. Muznee said that special equipment will be transported to the hospitals in order to perform the surgeries.