The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) recently succeeded in performing a unique and risky surgery to remove a large vascular malformation from the eye socket of an eight-year-old child.
This rare and modern surgical operation uses minimally invasive techniques. It was carried out by a multidisciplinary team, including Dr. Ramzi Alameddine, who is specialized in Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery, and Dr. Nadim Muallem, who is specialized in Interventional Radiology.
The surgery aimed to remove a tumor consisting of enlarged blood vessels that were pressuring the eye and causing vascular malformation.
Dr. Ramzi Alameddine explained the procedure in these words: “During surgery, the mass was radiographically mapped and filled with glue to solidify the abnormal vessels and allow them to be removed with a lower risk of bleeding or damage to critical eye structures.”
From his side, Dr. Al-Moallem commented on this achievement by saying: “This process is another proof that the medical center at the American University is on the right track as a leading medical center in Lebanon and the region.”
“Through the adoption of advanced technologies and skills, we contribute to saving the eyes and lives of many.”
Worth noting that this surgery required the patient to seek treatment abroad but the AUBMC team made it possible for him, and successfully, to be treated in Lebanon.
The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is an academic medical center that was established and built-in 1970. It is dedicated to improving the health of the community in Lebanon and the region
The history of AUBMC goes back to 1902. The Syrian Protestant College (later known as AUB) purchased back then a property across the street from where the AUB Medical Gate is located now and established a 200-bed hospital that provided ancillary services.
In 1905, the School of Nursing – the first of its kind in the Middle East – was founded.
The urgent need for expansion led to the establishment in 1970 of the new state-of-the-art medical center. The American University of Beirut Medical Center was hence inaugurated and in the presence of then Prime Minister Rashid Karameh
AUBMC has been providing the highest standards of care to patients across Lebanon and the region since 1902. It is the first medical institution in the Middle East to have earned five international accreditations:
The Joint Commission International (JCI); Magnet; College of American Pathologists (CAP); Joint Accreditation Committee for EBMT and ISCT Europe (JACIE); and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I).