The surgery was done at the
The Orthopedic Surgical Team during the Knee Replacement operation at the General Hospital in Grenada
The 70-minute long knee replacement operation was conducted successfully on four patients, including a non-national. All were diagnosed with osteoarthritis as well as other sports and accident-related knee abnormalities.
Dr. Dragon said the success of the procedure augurs well for future medical collaborative efforts, and is a significant development in the local healthcare sector.
“Going forward we can look at undertaking other joint-related surgeries, including shoulder and hip,’’ Dr. Dragon said.
Joseph Buran, one of the American doctors, agreed that the collaboration offers opportunities for tremendous benefits to the government and people of
“It is of economic significance because the cost of the equipment, the implants and supplies to conduct the operation is US$50,000.00,’’ Dr. Buran said. “The cost of the surgery per patient in the
The surgery was at no cost to the patients and all the replacements and supplies as well as some equipment were donated to
Another Grenadian specialist who participated in the surgical operation was Dr. Douglas Noel.
He complimented his American counterparts and also welcomed the assistance and support of Zimmer, a US-based company that donated supplies such as titanium, tubal chrome and plastic insertions orthopedic implants.
Dr. Noel said the contribution of his American colleagues and Zimmer will not go un-notice, promising that
He said several attempts had been made since 2004 to have such medical procedures conducted in
All four patients are reported to be comfortably recovering. Without the operation, experts say they had run the risk of experiencing severe limitation in their movement, extreme pain and long-term deformity which ultimately would have threatened their level of productivity.
The Grenada-USA Orthopedic Surgeons Performing the Historic Medical Operation
Some of the equipment used in the operation.