HMC doctors achieve revolutionary breakthrough in reconstructive microsurgery
Qatar’s Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) employs some of the best doctors in their respective fields.
HMC doctors recently achieved a scientific milestone — a surgical innovation — in the field of reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery.
The ground-breaking innovation, named the ‘Qatar Flap,’ is expected to be a game-changer for the restoration of different fingertip injuries. Not only does it address the injured finger’s functional recovery, it also mostly leave no disability or disfigurement.
The innovative technique will help patients undergoing cosmetic surgery resume their normal lives with ease.
Dr Saleem Al-Lahham, a Specialist in the Department of Plastic Surgery at HMC said: “Hand injuries are common and our department receives many such cases which require precise surgical intervention to restore the finger's functional and anatomical state. Given the different types of finger injuries, surgical procedures may vary. However, these surgeries often leave painful scars on the fingers and some require sacrificing major blood vessels in the fingers. It makes them undesirable options for patients."
However, Dr Al Lahham's ingenious ‘Qatar Flap’ is a huge leap forward. It involves a single surgical procedure that skilfully utilizes one of the small secondary arterial branches to restore the fingers to their natural shape without causing any disability or deformity.
“More than 100 surgical procedures have been successfully performed using this surgical innovation, and we perform five surgical procedures of this kind per week. It’s expected that this innovation will become the preferred option for fingertip restoration surgeries worldwide, in addition to the medical and scientific value it adds to various surgical specialities,” added Dr Al Lahham.
The significance of HMC’s breakthrough did not go unnoticed, as it garnered attention in the scientific journal ‘PRS GLOBAL OPEN,’ a highly-respected peer-reviewed publication specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic hand microsurgery.
The journal hailed HMC’s innovation as a brilliant advancement that will significantly improve the outcomes of finger restorative and cosmetic surgeries. It said the procedure offered a reliable option that can be performed in a single operation while preserving the finger's arteries at the same time.
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