Thirty-seven-year-old Yemeni man Kasim is able to walk without support again, four years after his leg was damaged by a bomb blast. The credit for his recovery goes to doctors in Bengaluru who used 3D printing to accurately assess the type and extent of his injuries.
Kasim is a Yemeni national who had a fused hip and shortened left leg as a result of the injuries he suffered in the bomb blast in 2018, followed by as many as 23 surgeries.
“After the incident, I suffered from depression. I had to use prosthetics for my left leg so that it would touch the ground and I needed crutches to walk. I could not even use a wheelchair to move around because I couldn’t bend my hip properly to sit. Nobody was willing to give me a permanent job due to my disability. Doing simple things such as cooking, cleaning, bathing or even sitting became a huge task,” The New Indian Express quoted Kasim as saying.
He was referred by his friend, who had undergone knee replacement surgery at Aster RV Hospital in JP Nagar a year back. Assessing Kasim’s condition, doctors there decided to use 3D printing technology.
“Kasim had lost the entire ball and socket of his hip and the remnant was fixed to his hip, due to which no movement was possible. 3D printing technology helped us get a three-dimensional view of the injured area and map out the best way to approach the damage part, identify landmarks and structure in the deranged anatomy and accurately plan the fixation and rebuilding of the hip structure,” said Dr J V Srinivas, lead consultant for orthopaedics at Aster RV Hospital.
A complex four-hour hip reconstruction surgery was performed on February 2, using specialised equipment, followed by rehabilitation during which he re-learned to use his leg. Kasim can now move with ease, and he is as independent as he used to be.