has announced that it is now offering total hip replacement surgery, one of the
most common orthopedic surgeries being performed in the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), to meet the needs of patients within the emirate of Sharjah, as well as
other parts of the country. The new patient care service is led by a consultant
orthopedic surgeon from South Korea, Dr. Hong Suk Kwak at the Himchan – UHS
Joint and Spine Center.
percent of the population suffers from moderate joint conditions, having a highly experienced surgeon and specialist enables the hospital to provide the
specialty within its premises and address the increasing demand for treatment
and surgery. As South Korea has a high number of patients suffering from hip
joint diseases such as deformation and arthritis, specialists in the field have
emerged in the country over the years. Dr. Kwak is a highly experienced surgeon
who specializes in pelvis and hip surgeries and is trained at Seoul National
|Dr. Hong Suk Kwak, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Himchan – UHS Joint and Spine Center|
discomfort in the area, it must not be ignored and seeing a physician is
necessary as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis at an early stage.
Before conducting any surgery, all factors affecting the condition of the
patient such as age and activity level are considered so we can match the most
ideal prosthetic material that will bring the expected outcome. In hip joint
replacement surgery, an artificial joint or prosthesis made of metal, plastic,
and ceramic will be implanted in the body and will remain throughout its
Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Trustees, commented, “The
University Hospital Sharjah continuously works to provide the best facilities
and medical experts that would contribute to the country’s vision of enhancing
the quality of life through advanced healthcare. Hosting world-class
consultants and surgeons at the Himchan – UHS Joint and Spine Center is
testament to our commitment to provide quality patient care in the UAE. Apart
from providing joint treatments, the doctors thoroughly assess the condition of
patients young and old and manage the whole body’s needs, but especially aged
patients who need extra care as they easily develop hip joint fractures.”
individuals on the importance of taking care of their hip joints and that for
conditions such as early stage arthritis symptoms, the pain can be treated with
medications and injections. Regular appropriate exercises are also necessary to
strengthen the surrounding muscles and soft tissues around the joint to relieve
pressure on the hip joint. These non-surgical treatments slowdown the progress
of arthritis, however, if conditions worsen and disables the patient to conduct
daily activities, then total hip replacement surgery is advised by physicians.
to fractures which happen in some elderly patients. In some cases, due to the
severity of the fracture, surgeons advise for partial hip joint replacement.
is important for the body as it provides stability and the ability to move the
body in balance. The hip joint has three main parts composed of the acetabulum,
a c-shaped socket, and a ball-like femoral head slightly bigger than a golf
ball. The inner surface of the acetabulum and the outer surface of the femoral
head are covered with articular cartilage, enabling the ball and the socket
joint to move freely and steadily in various angles.
often attributed to sitting cross-legged on the floor which is commonly
practiced as part of the social culture. However, aging and joint deformation
are also common reasons for the high prevalence in hip joint problems.