A Saudi patient with a devastating facial injury now feels like he has his life back on track thanks to life-changing surgery by Saudi German Hospital (SGH) in Jeddah.
The 30-year-old patient was involved in a gardening accident with an electric chainsaw, which resulted in severe and catastrophic damage to the left side of his face: forehead, eye, middle face, cheek, chin and neck.
The injuries were very deep near the base of his skull, facial bones, muscles, skin, and nerves. Bone of his left eye was completely detached from its place.
After one day of the accident, and rejections from other hospitals due to the severity of the injuries, the patient visited Prof. Ibrahim Hashish, head of Dental and Maxillofacial Center at SGH Jeddah.
“In my 40 years of work in maxillofacial injuries, I have seen a case as severe as this only a handful of times. At Saudi German Hospital, we have expertise in severe maxillofacial cases and felt it was our duty to help and support this man both mentally and physically. Following such a traumatic experience, it was vital to not only treat his injuries but offer emotional support in order to aid his recovery overall,” Prof. Hashish explains.
When the patient first arrived at SGH Jeddah, Prof. Hashish and his team assessed the damage and prepared the patient for operation. In the operating room the team removed all the small pieces of crushed bone that had been left. They started to reassemble the bones and reconstructed the walls of the eye and zygoma, as well as the upper jaw, fixing it with mini-plates and screws, repairing all the way down to the cheek, chin, and the neck. The surgery took around 10 hours.
“The extremely difficult part of the operation was to maintain the nerves,” Prof. Hashish explained.