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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.
In theatre with Sami showing the C-arm
Sami walking the day after surgery
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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