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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 04/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A young child with severe burn scars is one of many patients to benefit from the latest advances in reconstructive plastic surgery facilities at Muscat Private Hospital (MPH).Dr Waseem Saeed, visiting consultant plastic surgeon, has started treatment on a child who suffered horrific burns after her dress caught fire. He said, ''The local plastic surgeons had earlier undoubtedly saved her life by extensive skin grafting."Unfortunately, like many burns victims all over the world, she was left with crippling scars that restrict growth.''Dr Saeed, who spends his time practising in UK, has 20 years' experience of reconstructive plastic surgery for injuries, burns and after cancer surgery. A consultant for ten years at the centre for reconstructive microsurgery at St James' University Hospital, Leeds, UK, he used cutting edge techniques for restoring form and function.''The visiting post that I took up at MPH was initially to continue the provision of cosmetic surgery, but it very soon became clear to me that as many patients needed reconstructive surgery."Typically many of these patients travel abroad, but this is not ideal as reconstructive treatments may require more than one stage and hospital attendance may span months, not to mention the increased cost, disruption and the emotional consequences of treatment away from familiar surroundings.''Dr Saeed carries out a number of reconstructive works in UK. He runs the Northwest Cerebral Palsy Clinic in which children with spasticity of their hands and arms undergo surgical treatment to increase hand function.He has travelled on charity missions to carry out limb-saving surgery after four major earthquakes in the last seven years, and as a result of this experience is the lead plastic surgeon for the British government's earthquake disaster relief team.He said, ''My aim is to bring the same techniques that I use in UK to Muscat, so patients do not have to travel. In the case of children with burn scars, the challenge is to make new flexible skin where it is needed “ ordinary skin grafts alone will not work."I am doing this by using specially designed balloons that are put in under any remaining healthy skin and gradually inflated with water, stretching that skin, which in turn stimulates the body to make new skin."This is combined with advances in tissue flap design that allows the new skin to be put in where it is needed most. To carry this type of work out, I need the back up of an established hospital with experienced staff and specialists and MPH meets this requirement.''Dr Saeed visits MPH every month for a week, but has extended his stay in December to allow him treat more complex cases.''I have already treated patients needing abdominal reconstruction and have children listed with hand problems. This means that my November operating lists are nearly full, so the extended visit in December will allow me to treat additional patients that I see.''Dr Waseem runs clinics throughout each visit.


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