Medics in Sharjah have carried out their fourth skull re-construction using the latest three dimensional technology.
The procedure, which took place at the Emirates’ Al Qasimi Hospital (where the world’s first robotic bariatric surgery was performed) cost over 30,000Dh (£6600) to carry out, and took three hours to complete. During the surgery 3D printed prosthetic bones - that are proven to be more solid than human ones - were inserted into the patient's skull to replace the shattered ones.
It took the latest 3D scanning technology to determine just how thick the new implants should be, as well as to determine where they should be able to flex. Whilst the operation itself therefore took only three hours, the research, design and preparation of the new structures took over six weeks.
For many years now the United Arab Emirates has been at the forefront of advancements in medical technology, however many medics overlook the Emirate of Sharjah in favour of the higher profile hubs of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
This is despite it having plenty to offer expat medics looking to move to the country. Sharjah is within commuting distance of Dubai yet offers a far more relaxed, slower paced lifestyle and a substantially lower cost of living. As well as this the region’s hospitals are growing in quality and size, with Al Qasimi already recognised as one of the country’s most impressive facilities.
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