Dr Ossama Abdallah and Thomas McNally, who had hip arthroscopy.
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Dubai: 33-year-old expat from Dubai recently had a hip arthroscopy at a Dubai hospital which not only helped him recover from a previous hip injury and surgery, but also gave back vigor to his sporty lifestyle.

Irish expat Thomas McNally had undergone major hip surgery in Ireland in 2019. Being an avid sports enthusiast, Thomas gradually returned to the football field and golf course, but was not just exuberant. he once had.

Throbbing injury to the hip

Despite a lengthy open-pit operation, he continued to experience severe pain in his hip, which negatively impacted his daily life, preventing him from participating in sports. In the last week of February, he suffered a traumatic hip injury during a game and presented to the emergency department at Adam Vital Hospital in Dubai.

Dr Ossama Abdallah, consultant orthopedic surgeon and specialist in hip and sports medicine at the hospital, visited McNally. After a thorough clinical examination and investigation, Dr Abdallah discovered that the old hip problems had reappeared. “McNally had a labral tear and femoroacetabular impingement, a medical condition characterized by abnormal contact between the kneecap and the hip socket which is usually corrected with open surgery,” explained Dr Abdallah. However, he decided to correct the problem with arthroscopic hip surgery at the Advanced Hip Arthroscopy Unit at Adam Vital Hospital, Dubai.

What is hip arthroscopy?

After performing over 1,500 hip arthroscopy surgeries, Dr Abdallah explained the nuances of the procedure. “Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissue. It can diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems. It is generally performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient going home the same day as the operation. The surgery can take between 30 minutes and two hours.

When is hip arthroscopy recommended?

Hip arthroscopy has been very effective in the treatment of many sports injuries, including tears in the labris, removal of bone spurs which lead to a condition called “impact”, injuries to cartilage surfaces, instability of the bone. hip, hip ligament injuries, hip rupture syndromes and the elimination of loose bodies.

Benefits of hip arthroscopy over traditional open hip surgery:

• Causes very little trauma to the joint, which minimizes hip pain and scarring.
• Is an outpatient procedure where patients go home after the procedure.
• Usually has a short recovery period.
• May delay the progression of hip arthritis by treating its cause at an early stage.
• May delay or eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery by preventively treating conditions that cause osteoarthritis of the hip.

Additionally, hip arthroscopy can be used as a diagnostic tool to examine the inside of the hip joint in patients with persistent and unresolved hip joint pain that cannot be clearly visualized on other imaging tests. Dr Abdallah added: “Arthroscopy is performed most often in the age group between 40 and 49 years old and statistics show that it is somewhat more common in men and in athletes whose sports and activities involve rotational and twisting movements of the legs, such as golf, soccer, ice cream. hockey, ballet and football.

Dr Abdallah added: “Athletes often subject their bodies to extreme forces; the hip joint can be subjected to forces up to five times your body weight during activities such as running, jumping and twisting. Most athletes abuse their bodies and don’t notice a sports injury unless it gives them intense symptoms that can affect their movements. I would advise all professional and amateur athletes to seek medical expert advice immediately if they experience instability anywhere in the body.

The patient speaks

McNally, whose hip movement was completely restored, told Gulf News, “I was constantly looking for reputable hip surgeons around the world to get a proper diagnosis of my condition and ask the doctor to resolve my issue. Dr Abdallah not only compassionately explained the whole procedure to me before the surgery, but also successfully performed the quick recovery hip keyhole arthroscopy surgery. I feel very lucky in the current climate to have such exceptional care here in Dubai. “

Since the surgery, McNally has experienced a noticeable improvement in pain and functional restoration following the minimally invasive surgery. He was able to walk right after the operation, and with the help of physiotherapy he is already on the road to recovery and will soon resume his sports activities.