Al Zahra has become a trusted name in this highly specialised area, with its Paediatric Orthopaedic and Paediatric Spine Unit offering an impressive range of treatments for conditions that affect children.
The hospital was also the first centre in the Middle East to start Universal hip screenings for all new-borns delivered at its facility, as well as those referred to its care, under the direction of Dr. Zaid Al Aubaidi, Danish Royal Board-Certified and European Board-Certified Paediatric Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon. When orthopaedic experts, treat youngsters, they know they are dealing with a very specific and delicate set of problems. One of the most common paediatric orthopaedic problems that children face are fractures, mainly when they are aged between 2 years and early teens. One other huge issue in the UAE for children is scoliosis.
“The most common form of scoliosis is referred to as idiopathic, especially adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is scoliotic deformities that happen after the age of 10,” explains Dr Al Aubaidi.
Screening is very important and is advisably carried out at ages 8, 10 and 12. If a screening shows a worrying result, there highly effective modern treatments available that work toward reversing or stopping the progression of the curve. At Al Zahra Hospital Dubai the treatment of the scoliotic curve starts when the curve hits the definition of scoliosis, which is more than 10 degrees – while the rest of the world mainly starts treatment when it hits 24 degrees.
“We have successfully completed over 1000 scoliotic surgical cases throughout my many years of practice. We use all the newest global techniques, for example, the use of magnetic rods for small children that are not fully developed or what we call segmental fixation for older children skeletally mature (final fusion) to achieve complete curve correction. We have also operated over 100 redo surgeries where patients had previously had surgeries done abroad and they need correcting by us.” Further advance non-operative treatments include the use of back braces for scoliosis correction.
“We use the Providence night- time brace, which is a revolutionary spinal orthosis for young patients with a proven record of results for all curve types: lumbar, thoracic, double major and thoracolumbar. The brace needs to be used only at night-time and this way will not affect the child’s mobility, psychology and daily activities.” The hospital furthermore offers unique treatment for neuromuscular cases such as Cerebral Palsy, through rebalancing procedures, transforming many CP paediatric cases from non-walkers to assisted walkers.