Italian doctors did 15 hip replacement surgeries at Georgetown Hospital

Stabroek News
June 7, 2003

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Two Italian orthopaedic surgeons on Wednesday completed ten days of training and hip replacement surgeries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, a release from Guyenterprise said.

Professor Alessandro Faldini and his son Professor Cesare Faldini performed 15 hip replacement surgeries at the hospital, the release said, and they were accompanied by a physiotherapist who worked with patients to do post-surgery adjustments.

The training by the Italians was done under a European Union funded project titled “Strengthening of Rehabilitation Services in Guyana” which is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Health and the Associazione Italiana Amici Di Raoul Follereau (AIFO), an Italian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the release informed.

The last time such surgery was done at the Georgetown Hospital, the release further said, was about ten years ago.

Meanwhile, local orthopaedic doctors were engaged in theoretical sessions for ten days and were also guided in performing hip replacement surgery. And Professor Cesare Faldini said that he and his father were impressed with the local surgical team, the release stated.

He added that hip replacement should now be incorporated into the work programme of the Georgetown Hospital and patients need not go overseas for such surgery.

Head of the Orthopaedics Department at the hospital, Dr. Gisel Del Toro said that the Italians taught Guyanese doctors new techniques and also refreshed them in other areas.(

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