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Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

21 February 2018

Poor Sami! At just 11 months of age he suffered multiple pelvic injuries in a road traffic accident. He was barely able to stand and radiographs showed a sacroiliac luxation, meaning the pelvis was detached from the spine. Due to the nature of his injuries, Sami was referred to Willows and seen by orthopaedic Specialist Alexis Bilmont.

Using intraoperative X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy), Alexis was able to visualise and manipulate Sami’s bones allowing the pelvis to be reattached to the spine with a screw placed through a keyhole incision. Placement of the screw in this way is more accurate and less invasive than with traditional open surgery - the surgical incision was less than 5mm! This also reduces the risk of injury to delicate structures running through and alongside the spine.

Sami was walking on the operated limb the following morning and subsequently made an excellent recovery. He is now playing and running throughout his house and garden as if nothing had happened.

 

Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

In theatre with Sami showing the C-arm

 

Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

Pre-operative x-ray

 

Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

Post-operative x-ray

 

Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

Sami walking the day after surgery

 

Through the Keyhole to repair Sami’s pelvic fractures!

Surgical incision is less than 5mm in length

 

Sami walking again – and only one day after the surgery. The wound is barely visible and required only one stitch.

 

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