Ethiopia: Day 5

May 12, 2017
Source: Blog Post

Six days goes quickly when you are having fun! Our last day of surgical cases included post-traumatic deformity, more congenital hand and a clavicle pseudarthrosis case. Our weekly totals included 80 outpatient visits and 16 surgical cases.

This 20 year old woman with a history of bilateral upper limb trauma treated nonoperatively had right malunion of Monteggia fracture with chronic radial head dislocation and left distal radius fracture with subsequent deformity from malunion and radial growth arrest. We converted the right side to a one-bone forearm and the Cure team of orthopaedic surgeons will do a corrective osteotomy for her left side.

Before leaving, we debriefed on the week’s work and set goals for next year’s trip. We’ve already tentatively filled half our operative schedule for next year. We hope to expand our team to include a hand therapist who can help evaluate and treat our post-operative patients while teaching hand therapy and splints to Cure’s therapy staff.

We hope that one of next year’s cases will include this one. We first saw her last year and indicated her for shoulder fusion with free vascularized fibula transfer. In spite of the valiant efforts of many, she was not able to have the surgery in the U.S., so we are preparing to do it next year at Cure Hospital. Wish us luck!

It’s been a great week and we look forward to returning next year!