Expatriates living in Dubai and in need of a joint replacement will be able to get it at the Emirate's newest medical facility when it has been built.
The new Burjeel Hospital will have the facilities to perform 2,500 orthopaedic surgeries and joint replacements every year, reports Gulf News.
It will be equipped with a state-of-the-art gait analysis lab looking at issues that patients have with walking, giving a particular emphasis to specialised orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions.
Dubai does not just want to provide services to its residents but also hopes to become a hub for medical tourism and this new hospital will help cater to the demand for bone and joint surgeries.
Figures for 2012 from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Statistics Centre show that 18.2 per cent of the Emirate's population travel abroad for the treatment of joint problems.
The increased number of people suffering with issues to do with their joints can be traced back to a number of factors including an ageing population and greater levels of obesity, arthritis and diabetes.
When it opens in March, the 35-bed hospital will be run by Dr Samih Tarabichi, who is a pioneering joint replacement surgeon with a number of patents in the field under his belt.
He told the news provider: "Last year itself I performed 900 joint replacement surgeries in Dubai. Generally, 90 per cent of the cases are straight forward with the remaining being highly specialised due to tumours or trauma.
"Most cases are due to advanced osteoarthritis [OA] and growth deformity in older people. The high demand is also due to the backlog — the number of people who haven’t opted for joint surgeries."
By carrying out a comprehensive gait analysis, walking disorders can be diagnosed in their entirety and allow for treatment to be tailored to specific needs.
Dr Tarabichi said: "Through the gait lab we can analyse the muscle functions in complex cases."
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