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In first, Hadassah surgeons save hands of two teens using innovative 3D technologies

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This method includes computerized 3D imaging of the bones, as well as the ability to compare the affected part with the healthy part of the other hand

By ILANIT CHERNICK

For the first time, the Hand Surgery Unit at Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem, treated two teenagers for complex injuries in their hands using innovative 3D technology.

The two teenagers, aged 13 and 16, from the Jerusalem area, suffered injuries some time ago,  each in separate incidents. 

“They each underwent treatment to fix the hand injuries at different medical centers, but the [bone] fragments were distorted,” Hadassah Medical Center explained to IsraelNewsStand. “They believe this led to the instability of the wrist and the worsening pain, which even affected the functioning of the hand.”

According to  Rivka Imber, the mother of 13-year-old patient Nili, she fell two years ago and despite having an open fracture, the doctors put her into a cast.

Months following the injury, Nili, who is an athlete, was still in terrible pain and had limited function of her hand. It was then that they decided to see a hand surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center.

According to Dr. Shai Luria, the director of the Hand Surgery unit at Hadassah, both Nili and the 16-year-old patient turned to the hospital due to the deterioration of the hand and its deformity. In his clinic, Luria examined several ways to analyze and repair the damage. 

“We decided on the use of computerized adaptation technology of company Synergy,” he said. “This method includes computerized 3D imaging of the bones, as well as the ability to compare the affected part with the healthy part of the other hand, an accurate design of the distortion that needs correcting and even three-dimensional printed models that simulate the hands of the two patients – with the distortion.” 

Luria added that using these models, the surgical team were able to plan the course of action for the operation all the way “to the level of millimeters and individual degrees.”

Dr Shai Luria and 13-year-old patient Nili. (Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem)

With advanced technology, they were printed for the 3D parser, which is a software component that allows data input, as well as using special conduits.

The conduits were produced after precise calculations of the required moves from the parser, including an exact location of sawing the bone and securing the screws until the required correction. The computerized design of the distortion correction and the design of the system was created together by the surgeons and the company’s computer engineers.

Hand and orthopedic surgeon, Dr Ido Volk said that the “innovative technology that we have used for the first time in this surgery at Hadassah is suitable for all ages and allows us to make the correction with the maximum accuracy.”

Asked about the importance of using this model, the surgeons made it clear that the problem of sometimes having to guess how to do such repairs for complex injuries and distortions, especially when time has passed since the injury, “has now been solved by using such technology and by computer imaging

Luria concluded that the Hand Surgery Unit is “preparing to continue using this technology in additional cases of [bone] fragments that have not been correctly inserted and that have caused distortions, pain and a decrease in functioning,”

Rivka stressed that it was that Luria and his medical team saved her young daughter.

“We came to Hadassah Ein Kerem [and] here we met the man who saved Nili – Dr. Shay Luria,” she concluded.

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