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Footprints in the sand: First-ever ankle replacement surgery in Dubai

February 9 2016

Medcare hosted the first Total Ankle Arthroplasty (TAA) or ankle replacement surgery by a resident surgeon of the UAE. The first of its kind surgery was conducted by Dr. Ma’an Taba of Medcare Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (MOSH) on a osteoarthritis patient living in Dubai.   

Dr. Taba, Consultant orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at MOSH, led the Dubai-based team of specialists who are at the forefront of medical research in TAA and who have revolutionized this type of treatment, taking ankle replacement surgery beyond the traditional ‘ankle fusion procedure which has been the defacto treatment for worn-off joints, severe fractures, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. While TAA uses artificial ankles designed to mirror the movements of the ankle joint, ‘ankle fusion’ is more invasive as surgeons use pins, incisions and bone grafts limiting patient activities in the future.