Dr Waleed Mekki MBBS, MSc, MD an Orthopedic surgeon and Fellow from Sudan has completed his annual clinical and research visit.
He is collaborating with the center since 2014, Dr. Mekki has worked in many departments including limb lengthening and deformity correction Pediatric orthopedics and infection department.
He has published in international journals and has ongoing research with the center.
A new edition about orthopedic genius Gavriil Ilizarov and his method has been published in 2018. The book “Ilizarov’s philosophy” written by Alexander Gubin, the CEO of the Ilizarov Center, assembles the unique archive photo material and lectures on the Ilizarov philosophy. It will be interesting for medical specialists and social workers as well as for patients and their families, because it is about key ideas important for people giving them optimism and healing potential.
New scientific trend in Ilizarov Center is biodegradable implants made of phosphate calcium and polylactic acid composite. The implant is printed on 3D printer and completely resorbs when the bone tissue is restored. It can be used in management of patients with vast bone defects, systemic pathologies of the skeleton, like rikets, Ollier disease, congenital pseudoarthrosis, etc. As commented professor Arnold Popkov, the head researcher of laboratory of deformity correction and limb lengthening of the Ilizarov Center, after successful experimental study in dogs, the implants allow to make treatment period of fractures and orthopedic pathologies 2-4 fold shorter.
Electronic version of the Ilizarov journal of clinical and experimental orthopedics “Genij Ortopedii” is now accessible in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is on-line platform that includes scientific revues with open access using the system of quality control of the content. The directory unites over 10 000 journals (about 2 000 000 articles) from 134 countries, including 163 Russian editions.
Five Nigerian doctors has successfully completed Fellowship in the Ilizarov Center and got certificates on transosseous osteosynthesis. The training under the Fellow AOSpine program lasted from March to August.
Spine surgeons of the Ilizarov Center successfully operated on a patient with a rare type of tumor – hemangiopericytoma. About 300 cases are registered all over the world. The female patient undergoes treatment of the oncologic disease (grade 4) in Chelyabinsk and was admitted to the Center of low-invasive spine surgery and oncovertebrology of the Ilizarov Center with metastatic lesion of the spine followed by pathologic fracture of vertebra with spinal cord compression. Dr Sergey Lulin, the head of the Center of low-invasive spine surgery and oncovertebrology of the Ilizarov Center comments, that a unique multidisciplinary collaboration between oncologists and neurosurgeons in Kurgan allows to help oncologic patients when the spine is involved, to improve their life quality.
Over 1000 medical specialists participated in the Forum of Orthopedic Surgery Academy in China that was held from 24 to 26 of August. An invited speaker from Kurgan CEO of the Ilizarov Center Alexander Gubin shared experience of organizing the traumatologic-orthopedic center functioning, Ilizarov philosophy, effective techniques of pelvic ring reconstruction.
Ilizarov mini-fellowship course from 20 to 31 of August is attended by doctors from USA and Denmark. It is the second visit for the surgeon from Denmark, almost 10 years ago she came to Kurgan for the first time to learn the method that cured so many patients all over the world. Two Fellows will participate in lectures, workshops, case discussions and surgeries.
The 2nd National Symposium on Reconstructive Limb Surgery (II Otwockie Sympozjum Rekonstrukcji Kończyn) took place in Otwock, Poland on the 21-22 of June . The venue - Gruca Orthopaedic And Trauma Teaching Hospital – was the first place visited by Gavriil Ilizarov during his trip to Poland at the time.
The president of EPOS Pr Jarosław Czubak invited European experts in various spheres of orthopedic surgery to share their experience. Pr Dmitry Popkov (Ilizarov Center, Russia) spoke on treatment of deformities in children with metabolic osteopathies and performed demonstrative surgeries applying hexapodal external fixators associated with flexible intramedullary nailing. Results of application of new techniques in limb lengthening will be included in multicentral research study that has been holding by the Ilizarov Center with colleagues from France, Switzerland, Serbia and USA.
Experimental department of the Ilizarov Center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. A curious case was presented by veterinarians – a sheep with frostbitten limbs was provided with foot-ankle prostheses. The sheep named Bechamel well recovered after the procedure and gained 6 kilograms. The second stage of treatment will be surgery of osseointegration.
The 14th International Congress on Deformity Correction started in Cairo, Egypt under the aegis of Egyptian Orthopedic Association. The president of EOA Pr Gamal Ahmed Hosny is an old friend of the Ilizarov Center and its Professor Emeritus since 2016.
The conference brought together scientists from Egypt, Switzerland, Ukraine, Malaysia, USA, India, China. Russia was represented by the CEO of the Ilizarov Center Dr Alexander Gubin, who lectured on surgery of the cervical spine, Ilizarov paradigm and organization of work in limb lengthening and reconstruction center.
A doctor from Beijing rehabilitation hospital came to Kurgan for a month-long Ilizarov training course. Dr Jiancheng Zang participates in the exchange program under the recently signed bilateral agreement between the Ilizarov Center and Beijing clinic.
Kurgan Medical Cluster with its anchor - Ilizarov Center - presented its stand on the INNOPROM-2018 exhibition in Yekaterinburg. For the 8th time the big annual event hosts over 600 leading companies from 105 countries under the aegis of Ministry of Industry and Trade of RF.
The Ilizarov Center demonstrated several projects; some of them were recognized best startups of the year in Russia. Navigation in spinal surgery, bioelectric potentialometer, Ilizarov fixator components with bioactive covering, osseointegration, 3D modeling of joints, vertebrae and cranioimplants were presented by specialists from Kurgan.
A complicated and effective technique of halo-gravity has been successfully applied already in the fifth patient with spinal deformity in the Clinic of spinal pathologies and rare diseases of the Ilizarov Center. The head of the clinic Dr Sergey Ryabykh comments that it concerns a low-aggressive extension of the spine in patients of young age with totally different pathologies; natural mobility of the spine allows partial deformity correction followed by final correction within one surgical session instead of multy-staged surgical treatment.
The artist Yuriy Rysikhin visited the Ilizarov Center Museum where his painting is exhibited. The biggest artistic object of the Museum was created and given as a gift 31 years ago, when the artist had learned about the genius from Siberia. In 1987 Yuriy came to Kurgan and made this symbolic canvas resembling Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”. The artist told how impressed he was by doctor Ilizarov, his young colleagues, their ability to cure people and “create beauty”. All the persons on the painting had real prototypes and were sketched from life.
International Department of the Ilizarov Center celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The Ilizarov Readings 2018 has been successfully held from the 14 till 16th of June in Kurgan. The program of three days was presented in two halls “Distraction” and “Compression” including seminars, lectures and presentations of outstanding international masters of orthopedics. Over 300 delegates from 10 countries participated in this annual meeting. This year the museum of orthopedics and traumatology, a unique exposition reciting the history of the Ilizarov Center, invited all the participants to celebrate its 25-th anniversary.