As we just stepped into 2020, it is worth to spot the light on some of the great medical achievements by Lebanese doctors; achievements that have contributed greatly to the advancement in the medical field and even brought relief and hope to so many people.
#1 First robotic-assisted reconstructive plastic surgery
March 26, AUBMC in Beirut: The department of Surgery performs the first robotic plastic surgery in Lebanon. This is the first robot-assisted breast reconstruction after mastectomy using the Da Vinci robot. It was performed by Dr. Amir Ibrahim and Dr. Ramzi Alami.
March 29, Bulgaria: Lebanese doctor and professor Khouder Faqih succeeded in restoring a section of the skull of a 20-year-old girl who was injured in a major accident, using a three-dimensional surgical technique.
Dr. Faqih is a member of Bulgaria’s Highest Academic Council and the first non-Ukrainian doctor to join their council.
#3 First implantation of a stent in the carotid artery by a robot
December 2019, Philadelphia, US: Lebanese Neurosurgeon Pascal Jabbour achieved a new medical breakthrough when he performed the first implantation of a stent in the carotid artery by a robot; an important medical development as it is safer and guarantees the patient’s safety.
The process was made in the carotid artery that runs through the neck and transports oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the head and brain.
March 31, France: Lebanese doctor Jean-Marc Ayoubi performed the first successful uterine transplant at HopitalFoch de Suresnes in France. This achievement will now help many women suffering from uterine factor infertility.
December 9, AUBMC, Beirut: Lebanese Drs. Ramzi Alameddine and Nadim Muallem with their team removed a progressively enlarging tumor. The tumor was made of abnormal blood vessels pushing the eye out and causing loss of vision.
This makes AUBMC a leading destination for the most complex eye cases and surgical treatments.
December 18: Dr. Mohammed Baydoun, a Lebanese American surgeon, has changed the life of one person and probably millions around the world when he made a patient, paralyzed from the neck down, walk again.
The experimental procedure with stem cells yielded miraculous results for the paralyzed patient.
#10 First Release of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Canada
CRPS is a chronic condition that affects a limb usually after a heart attack, an injury or a stroke. It increases the sensitivity to temperature and leads to joint stiffness, swelling, muscle spasms, and other symptoms due to the affection of the nervous and circulatory systems.