BURJEEL HOSPITAL IS THE FIRST IN THE UAE TO INTRODUCE LIGAMYS
A pioneering ligament repair technique, for ligament injuries in the knee
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery is proud to announce the introduction of a pioneering ligament repair technique in the UAE for the first time. This innovative technique is making waves in the field of sports medicine. Athletes, sportsmen, and very active individuals are prone to injuries, with one of the most common ones being injuries to the knee, particularly, the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, which can sustain a rupture. This ligament joins the upper leg bone with the lower leg bone and helps the knee achieve stability during movements such as when running or jumping.
The ACL can also be injured if the knee joint is bent backward, twisted, or bent sideways. This injury is common seen among sportsmen who play soccer or football, and other activities with sudden stop-and-go movements, jumping, or changes in direction. The average person can also sustain these injuries from falling off a height such as a ladder or missing a step on a staircase.
The general standard for treating severe cases of ACL rupture is to reconstruct the damaged ligament. During this procedure, the ruptured ligament is removed and substituted with a piece of tendon from another part of the knee. This surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon through small incisions around the knee joint. As ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure, it carries some risks such as bleeding, continuing pain, infection, loss of range of motion and improper healing due to the rejection of the graft.
Extensive research carried out by Swiss orthopedists has contributed to the introduction of a treatment option- called LIGAMYS - to preserve the ruptured cruciate ligament instead of replacing it. Dr. Samih Tarabichi, Director General, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, is the only orthopedic surgeon in the UAE to have trained in this technique. Dr. Tarabichi used this innovative technique – involving a special implant – to operate on a patient with an ACL injury earlier this month (on July 14) at the hospital, making it the first medical facility in the country to offer such a ground-breaking treatment.
“We are very excited to offer this state-of-the-art and revolutionary treatment to patients who are not very comfortable with ACL reconstruction, or are not good candidates for the reconstruction surgery. Using a LIGAMYS implant offers the chance to effectively heal a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and stabilize the joint as well as restore fine control movements to a full degree injury at a very early stage. It repairs the original ligament; it does not replace it. The Ligamys implant comprises a polyethylene thread, a flip anchor and a metal sleeve with an integrated spring system to allow movement of the implanted thread in the femur and tibia.
“The treatment though works best if operated on within 21 days after the injury. With the Ligamys implant, rehabilitation is also a lot faster compared to conventional cruciate ligament reconstruction, and patients can return to their previous levels of activity. Our goal, therefore, is to raise awareness to all sports enthusiasts that healing can happen if they go for the LIGAMYS repair technique immediately after an injury takes place, or if the ACL rupture is still fresh, for the best results and ultimate restoration of movement,” said Dr. Tarabichi.