Burjeel Hospital Dubai: Offering innovative solutions for bone health

Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, is the region’s centres of excellence in advanced orthaopedics and spine treatments. The Ortho and Spine Department at Burjeel Hospital is a leading destination for the diagnosis and treatment of complex and challenging musculoskeletal problems. The department takes a comprehensive approach to care for healing and recovery through both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, has world-class orthopaedic doctors and surgeons who help patients return to optimal functionality and mobility through a comprehensive range of services.

Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, offers the full spectrum of adult and paediatric orthopaedic care with dedicated sections that focus on hand, shoulder and upper limb injuries, joint replacements, foot and ankle disorders, complex spine and scoliosis, bone deformity, orthopaedic trauma, congenital, developmental and acquired musculoskeletal conditions, sports injury, paediatric orthopaedics, and pain management. The hospital’s highly trained team of doctors, certified by Western medical boards, offers medical and surgical care of the highest standards using the latest procedures, including, minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques.

Dr Nader Darwich, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialised in Sports Medicine, at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai.

Achievements galore

Burjeel Hospital constantly adopts innovative practices and utilises the latest technologies to achieve exceptional clinical outcomes. Since its establishment, numerous joint replacements have been conducted here, which is the largest yearly number all over the UAE. Osteoarthritis, which develops due to the repetitive stress on the joints over the years and damages the cartilages between the bones, is the leading reason for joint replacement surgery. The hip and knee joints are the most affected joints needing replacement.

In 2019, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, earned the distinction of becoming the first hospital in the GCC region to conduct knee replacement surgery using 3D technology. Professor Dr Matthias Honl, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialised in Joint Replacement at Burjeel Hospital, became the first surgeon to perform this advanced medical procedure in the region. Over the years, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, has also added other feathers to its cap.

Dr Amr El Shawarbi, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

Today, the hospital has built a reputation for being the go-to centre for the revision and re-revision of complex orthopaedic and spine cases. It has an impressive track record of conducting over 30,000 ortho and spine surgeries. Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, is also the top centre in the UAE for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery to repair the abnormal curving of the spine. Over the years, the hospital has provided cutting-edge solutions for advanced orthopaedic cases.

Specialised clinics

Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, offers seamless services that make the journey to wellness a stress-free experience. The hospital is well equipped to provide the highest level of specialised services with a specific recovery plan tailored to each patient’s need. It caters to a wide range of orthopaedic conditions through different clinics. Dr Firas Husban, Consultant Spine Surgeon, said, “The spine and scoliosis clinic at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, offers expert care for scoliosis and other spine abnormalities. At the clinic, treatment plans are based on the patient’s age, the degree of curvature, and other symptoms.”

The orthopaedic specialists provide comprehensive care for adults and children with all types of bone, joint, and muscle disorders, from acute injuries to complex reconstructive surgeries, including joint pain, back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures, and sports injuries. “Osteoporosis is a condition that occurs when the bones lose some of their density and strength, and this causes an increased chance of fractures occurring,” said Dr Andrew Foggitt, Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai. “It tends to affect us all as we age.”

Professor Dr Erik Hohmann, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialised in Arthroscopic Surgeries, and Aeromedical Specialist at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

The knee and hip replacement clinic offers surgical solutions aimed at increasing patient mobility and improving quality of life. Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, also boasts of a foot and ankle surgery clinic that performs surgical and nonsurgical treatments, including diabetic and Charcot foot management, ligament reconstruction, Achilles tendon repair surgery, etc. Specialists at Burjeel Hospital’s hand surgery clinic perform hand surgeries with great precision and expertise. The shoulder surgery clinic offers specialised care for rotator cuff tear, among other injuries. Burjeel Hospital also has a specialised clinic for paediatric orthopaedics with a track record of treating over 1,000+ paediatric orthopaedic cases.

Dr Andrew Foggitt, Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

Sports medicine

The hospital has a robust sports clinic run by specialists who understand the demands of each sport. Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, has become one of the preferred partners for local and international sports clubs. The clinic is dedicated to practicing the highest-quality healthcare in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Professor Dr Matthias Honl, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialised in Joint Replacement at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

“Sports injuries are given the best treatment keeping in mind the necessary return to sport. Some injuries require immobilisation with a cast or splint, injections to reduce swelling and pain, and physical therapy or rehabilitation to heal and strengthen injured muscles. Surgery is reserved to correct fractures or repair ligament, tendon, or cartilage tears. In sports medicine, we use minimally invasive techniques and cutting-edge technologies to provide the best healthcare,” said Dr Nader Darwich, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialised in Sports Medicine, at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai. The hospital also has special clinics dedicated to sports nutrition and rehabilitation.

Dr Nayzak Raoof, Chief Medical Officer at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, also ensures the health and wellness of airline employees by offering comprehensive treatments in aviation medicine. Professor Dr Erik Hohmann, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialised in Arthroscopic Surgeries and Aeromedical Specialist at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, treats orthopaedic and sports medicine-related problems in pilots, cabin crew, and other airline personnel.

Technological capabilities

Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, is equipped with the latest diagnostic and intervention technologies to treat a wide range of orthopaedic problems. The hospital uses sophisticated equipment such as the Gait. According to Dr Nayzak Raoof, Chief Medical Officer at Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, navigation systems, 3-D printing, and robotic surgeries have increased the precision and accuracy of the procedures. “Navigation systems are used routinely in spine surgery to accurately place pedicle screws (used in spine fixation), avoiding any possible nerve damage. The use of robotic technology has significantly increased the cutting and preparation of bones in knee replacement surgery. Meanwhile, 3-D printing is the future for surgical fixation of complex bony fractures,” he said.

How to keep your bones healthy

Danya Nasser Al-Atrash, Clinical Dietitian, Fitness Instructor and Sports Nutritionist, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai

Nutrition and bone health

A healthy and well-balanced diet plays a role in maintaining the health of our bones. Calcium is a mineral involved in bone health, which requires the presence of vitamin D for effective absorption. Because the body does not make calcium, we need to obtain it from various food sources such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Other non-dairy sources include kale, green leafy vegetables, salmon, sardines, and calcium-fortified cereals and juices.

Lack of calcium in the diet might cause calcium stored in the bones to be removed, leading to bone weakening and osteoporosis.

Physical activity and bone health

Many people often exercise for weight loss, building muscle mass and strength. However, regular physical activity is also beneficial for bone health. Because we tend to lose bone mass as we age, it is important not to miss out on exercising as it makes the bone mass denser. In addition, we also lose muscle mass as we age, so regular exercising will keep our muscle mass in check.

There are many different types of exercises to perform, but strength and weight-bearing exercises are most effective in building stronger bones.

Maintaining bone health as you age

Tips to keep your bones healthy as you age:

1. A well-balanced diet: Include calcium-rich foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, salmon, broccoli, and sardines.

2. Don’t miss out on Vitamin D: While sunlight is the main source of vitamin D, you can still obtain it from your diet. Vitamin D-rich foods include salmon, egg yolks, beef liver, and fortified foods such as cereals.

3. Exercise regularly: Make sure include weight-bearing/strength exercises are part of your lifestyle.

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