Experience in Hip Preservation Surgery Attracts Interest of Foreign Specialists

Hospital da Luz Lisboa received, from 18 to 21 June, the visit of Gennaro Fiorentino, the responsible for the Unit of Orthopaedics and Traumatology from Hospital Humanitas Gavazzeni, in Bergamo, Italy. This physician accompanied Paulo Rego’s team, the coordinator of the Orthopaedics Centre at Hospital da Luz Lisboa, in surgeries of hip deformity correction in adolescents and young adults, through a highly sophisticated surgical technique, with positive results documented in literature.

This is a special type of surgery viewing to preserve this joint in adolescent patients and young adults (10-25 years old). “With this set of surgical techniques, we are able to preserve the hip joint in children, adolescent and young adults, improving their quality of life and postponing the degenerative alterations that lead to articular replacement”, explains Paulo Rego. The good results obtained and the vast experience of the team in hip preservation surgery – with around 600 interventions performed – have, thus, aroused the interest of the international orthopaedic community.

“I met Professor Paulo Rego four years ago, in a course in England, and he is one of the most experienced surgeons in the field. Therefore, I decided to take this fellowship training, in order to enhance knowledge and share experiences”, explains Gennaro Fiorentino. Such as the team of hip preservation from Hospital da Luz, Gennaro is also specialized in arthroscopy, however he has no experience in more complex procedures. The purpose of his coming to Portugal was to learn this open surgery technique, such as it is performed by Paulo Rego. “This is a quite ethical and beautiful intervention, for it allows to solve the problem in adolescent and young adults, preserving their hip joint”, concludes Gennaro Fiorentino, also commending Hospital da Luz Lisboa, “an hospital perfect for medical training”.

“In most recent years, we have received in the Service of Orthopaedics several foreign surgeons interested in accompanying our work in surgery specific of certain anatomical areas”, states, on the other hand, Paulo Rego. “These interactions always result in the sharing of experiences and the establishment of an essential connection in the area of medical training, that are highly beneficial for all parts involved. Therefore, we remain quite interested and open to this kind of visit programs by foreign surgeons”, he adds.