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Yemen blast victim regains ability to walk with the help of 3D printing technology at Aster RV Hospital

Bangalore, 18 March 2021: 37 year old Kasim who suffered devastating leg injuries in a bomb blast in 2018 in Yemen is finally able to walk independently post a complex hip reconstruction surgery conducted at Aster RV Hospital. The surgery was conducted with the help of 3D printing technology. At 33 years old, Kasim was at the peak of his age when he became victim to the terrible bomb blast incident, post which he has been in and out of hospitals looking for a permanent solution. The young man had undergone 23 surgeries in Yemen in the last 4 years. As a result of the injury and consequent surgeries, he was left with a fused hip and shortened left leg.

“I was suffering from depression,” said Kasim, “I had to use a prosthesis for my left leg so that it would touch the ground and additionally needed crutches to walk. I could not even use a wheelchair to move around as I couldn’t bend my hip properly to sit on it. Nobody was willing to give me a permanent job due to my disability. Doing simple things such as cooking, cleaning, bathing and even just sitting became a huge task.” His fused hip made it impossible for him to have full range of movements to his leg, leading to uro-genital health complications as he was unable to bend properly to maintain personal hygiene.

Kasim was referred to Aster RV Hospital, J.P Nagar by his friend who had undergone a total knee replacement surgery a year ago at the hospital. After a thorough evaluation and understanding of his requirements and the gravity of his injuries, the doctors at Aster RV hospital decided to use 3D printing technology to assess and get an accurate extent of the internal hip joint damage. A complex primary hip reconstruction surgery was conducted on February 2nd 2021 using specialized hip implants for the patient.

“There was extensive damage to his hip and 3-D printing technology helped us to get a 3 dimensional view of the injured area and map out the best way to approach the damaged area, identify landmarks and structures in the deranged anatomy and accurately plan the fixation and rebuilding of the hip structure. Kasim had lost the entire ball and socket of his hip and the remnant was fixed to his hip due to which no movement was possible. The repeated surgeries and loss of soft tissue changes the normal anatomy which made the surgery more difficult,” explained Dr. J.V Srinivas, Lead Consultant –Orthopedics, Aster RV Hospital.

The surgery was conducted over a period of 4 hours. Post successful surgery, Kasim underwent rehabilitation during which he re-learnt how to use his leg. His hip is now stable and can be moved around freely, returning to him to his previous independence. He now finds it easy to carry out most of his daily activities and is grateful to the doctors at Aster RV Hospital for giving him a new lease of life. His stitches have been removed; he is now undergoing rehabilitation and plans to leave to his country soon.

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