Health City notches 100th orthopaedic surgery

| 16/09/2015
Cayman News Service

Dr. Alwin Almeida (fourth from left) and Dr. Niranjan Nagaraja (fifth from left) with the rest of the orthopaedic staff at Health City

(CNS): The orthopaedic department at Health City Cayman Islands has performed its 100th surgery since opening at the hospital on 5 June 2014. Dr. Alwin Almeida, senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said the first operation undertaken on opening day was shoulder arthroscopic surgery.

“Since then we have had a wide range of cases from hip replacements, arthroscopic biopsy to multi-ligament reconstructions, and it is a proud moment for us to have achieved this milestone,” he said.

The department provides both surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine treatment, offering a number of services including joint replacements and reconstruction, arthroscopic surgeries and deformity corrections.

To accommodate the growth of the department and upgrade service and patient responsiveness, the department has recently added orthopaedic surgeon Dr Niranjan Nagaraja to its team.

Citing Dr. Nagaraja’s nine years of experience in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Almeida called him a “welcome asset” for the department. “With such highly skilled surgeons and staff, we are set to achieve even greater milestones and breakthroughs in medicine in the coming year,” he said.

Dr. Nagaraja, who previously worked at Hosmat Hospital in Bangalore, India, specialises in arthroscopic sports medicine, surgeries and joint replacement of the hip and knee.

The department is also in the process of acquiring the latest technology in computer navigation equipment, which is similar to robotic surgeries. This will allow Health City surgeons to more accurately track, analyse and monitor surgical procedures.

The orthopaedic service also now offers patient-specific knee-joint replacements. Based on a CT scan, a customised model of the knee and joint is developed with moulds to make joint replacements specific to a particular patient.

“We are extremely excited about investing in our future and the future of medicine, with computer-assisted surgery and custom-made knee replacement options,” Dr. Almeida said.

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