MTRH Performs Its First Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

MTRH Performs Its First Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) is celebrating a new milestone in enhancing access to healthcare.

This is after it successfully performed its first ever reverse shoulder replacement surgery.

According to the hospital, which is the second largest referral health facility in the country, the surgery was conducted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Doctors doing surgery in Kenya

We are proud of MTRH Department of Orthopaedics & Trauma for successfully performing the first reverse shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday 23/03/2022,” MTRH said in a post on their official Facebook page.

The surgery was done on a 65-year-old woman who had severe osteoarthritis left shoulder.

It took surgeons 5 hours to complete the surgery.

In a reverse total shoulder replacement, a surgeon removes the rounded head of the upper arm bone. Using screws and special tools, he or she attaches a plastic socket to the remaining bone.

The surgeon also removes part of the socket of the shoulder blade. This is then replaced with a metal ball.

The surgery now becomes first in any Public Hospital within the East and Central African region to conduct reverse shoulder replacement surgery.

The surgical team included Dr. H.Vadgama, Dr. P. Okutoyi, D. Otieno, D. Kemboi, K. Mwiti and M. Ngige.

“The patient is doing well post-operatively and to be discharged today on her 2nd post-operative day,” MTRH said.

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