Tawam Hospital in Al-Ain, UAE, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced a new successful addition to the operation facilities of the hospital, which is a new specially developed operating table that allows for 360 degree surgery. The table can rotate in 180 degrees. By using the new table, surgeons at Tawam Hospital will have access to both sides of the body, posterior and anterior planes.
The new operation table is the first to be used in the Middle East; it proves its significance in certain conditions such as spinal injuries, especially those including cervical dislocations, which is frequently seen among victims of traffic accidents. The new table was used with more than 12 patients helping them by reducing the recovery time.
Dr. Amr El Shawarby, Chief Neurosurgery and Senior Consultant at Tawam Hospital, commented “Spinal injuries including fracture dislocations of the cervical spine are very difficult to treat on a flat, immobile operating table. Being able to rotate a patient 180 degrees, and manipulate from both sides of the spine, means that the Tawam operating team can restore alignment and dislocate locked facets without endangering the delicate neural structure. “He continued “The rotating table means that a patient with an injury who previously would have needed to remain in hospital for up to 21 days to recover can now go home after just two days, and the metal cages which would have been inserted to help fuse the cervical spine back together are no longer necessary.”
Among the most recent cases at Tawam Hospital, where the new operation table was used, an 18 year old female with a cervical spinal injury that was caused duo to a car accident in Al Ain. Thanks to the new table, she was dismissed from the hospital after four days only. Another patient was a 25 year old male who had an injury during a car accident which resulted in fracture dislocation of the cervical spine. That patient was sent home after only two days.
Tawam Hospital is a facility of the SEHA Health System and is managed and owned by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company which is holding responsibility for the treatment and medication processes of all the public hospitals and clinics across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.