The first-ever successful leg reconstructive surgery was conducted at the Yangon General Hospital in Myanmar.
A man, identified as Ko Thein Zaw Oo, from Shwe Ka Thit village near Twantay town, lost his leg when he was cutting grass with a lawn mower on 19 June. The knife from the lawn mower accidently came out. He reached the Yangon General Hospital around noon that day.
The operation took place on the same day and it was performed by Professor Khin Maung Myint and other surgeons specialised in hand and reconstructive surgery.
“Anyone involved in an accident resulting in the loss of a hand and leg should keep the hand and leg cold and dry. If there are many muscles involved, it is not easy to reconstruct. But patients should arrive at the hospital within six hours after the accident. Also, the patient’s family should inform the doctors about the condition and blood type of the patients, said Professor Dr. Khin Maung Myint, head of the hand and reconstructive microsurgery department and professor at the University of Medicine (1).
“Our department had previously re-attached the arm of a patient. This is our first experience re-attaching the leg of a patient. This time, we re-attached the leg, using our experience from re-attaching the hand,” said Dr. Thaw Zin Htoo, assistant lecturer of the hand and reconstructive microsurgery department at Yangon General Hospital.
“I want to say thank you to the doctors and nurses who treated me. The operation took nearly five hours. After the operation, I did not feel any pain. The accident happened around 9am. I don’t really know what happened with the knife. I thought that it was a minor case, but my whole leg came out. Then, I rushed to the hospital and arrived at noon,” said Thein Zaw Oo.
The patient is doing well and will be discharged very soon, he added.
In 1977, Dr. Myo Myint successfully re-attached the hand of a patient for the first time in Myanmar. There are some 74 specialists in the bone department at Yangon General Hospital, while there are only four or five doctors at the hand and reconstructive microsurgery department in South East Asian countries.
Htein Paw Win (Kamayut)