Dr. Ashraf Al-Kardani, Consultant Neurosurgeon at AGH Jubail, performed a rare surgery on a 42-year-old patient who was in a traffic accident that made him lose movement on the right side of the body and caused severe weakness of the left side.
The patient arrived in a critical condition to the emergency of AlMana General Hospital in Jubail. The medical team headed by Dr. Ashraf Al-Kardani was summoned. They decided to perform an urgent surgery in order to save the patient and preserve his ability to move. This conclusion was taken after performing the necessary x-rays that showed the presence of Dislocation between the sixth and seventh vertebrae, and the entry of cartilage into the spinal cord, which exposes the patient to a significant risk of quadriplegia as a result of the injury to the spinal cord. To avoid this, an urgent surgical operation was performed, through which a cervical slice was inserted after removing the cartilage, and fixed it with screws in order to make a cervical vertebral fusion, which helps to re-establish the vertebrae that were damaged due to the dislocation.
The patient was able to regain his ability to walk a few days after the operation and was discharged after two weeks from the hospital in a stable condition.
It is worth noting that Dr. Ashraf Al-Kardani is one of the most prominent doctor in the field of neurosurgery in the Kingdom, and has contributed to the treatment of many difficult and intractable cases.