QATAR’S FIRST CONJOINED TWIN SEPARATION SURGERY MADE POSSIBLE BY 3D PRINTING

3D Printing Industry | 10/12/2018 | Beau Jackson
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Sidra Medicine, a specialist medical facility, has announced a successful outcome for a complex medical procedure.

A nine-hour operation to separate conjoined twins, Hamad and Tamim, was the culmination of months work by a team of more than 150 medical and support staff.

Milestone - Outcome - Procedure - Hours - Simulation

The important milestone and successful outcome was achieved through planning the procedure using over 30 hours of simulation. Central to planning was the creation of 3D printed model of the twin’s abdomen and liver.

Dr. Mansour Ali, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and Dr. Abdalla Zarroug, Division Chief of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, led the surgery and commented, “By successfully separating conjoined twins, one of the most complex surgical procedures there is, we are proud to showcase the calibre of our multidisciplinary teams less than a year since we opened our inpatient facility. The surgery is both a milestone for the hospital and the healthcare sector in Qatar.”

Likelihood - Twin - Birth - Mother - Twins

The likelihood of a conjoined twin birth is approximately 1 in 200,000. The mother of the twins visited the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in the 29th week of pregnancy where medical professionals identified the complication. Planning for the eventual separation was then put into action.

Dr. Karen Bradshaw, Snr. Attending Physician, Radiology and Body Imaging at Sidra Medicine gave further details of the procedure. “I am incredibly proud of the role of our radiology team during all stages of this milestone surgery – from the initial detailed ultrasound to the subsequent CT and MRI scans which enabled us to prepare the 3D model of the twin’s abdomen. The 3D model was printed based on the specifications from the...
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