The London Clinic Launches Innovative Surgical Service For Middle Eastern Amputees At Arab Health 2019

A pioneering surgical service for above-the-knee amputees across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will be showcased at Arab Health by a renowned UK hospital

by Julia Price | Tuesday 22 January 2019

The London Clinic, a private hospital and charity located in London's Harley Street Medical Area, is the first private hospital in the UK to offer the innovative surgery which aims to improve the function of the limb and reduce pain and skin-related complications.

Military veterans who have suffered serious injury in combat are likely to be suitable candidates for surgery in London, when previously they have had to travel to Australia or the US for treatment.

Osseointegration works by anchoring the prosthesis directly into the thigh bone, using the OPRA (Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) implant system, designed by Professor Rickard Branemark, who is internationally acclaimed as the most experienced surgeon in this field having performed over 400 surgeries.

The London Clinic is working in partnership with London International Patient Services to treat its first patient with Osseointegration.

Mr Paul Culpan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who will be leading the surgical service at The London Clinic, says: "There's robust clinical evidence that osseointegration, a pioneering operation for patients with amputations that removes the need for a socket prosthesis, significantly improves quality of life and long-term health.

"As the prosthesis is directly connected to the bone it can dramatically improve limb function as well as patient psychology, reducing dependency, improving lifestyle and providing an opportunity to return to work and a more normal life. We are proud to be able to offer patients from across the Middle East the opportunity to undergo osseointegration by our experienced trauma surgeons in Harley Street and lead in establishing a world-class osseointegration centre at The London Clinic," adds Mr Culpan.

In addition to Osseointegration, the service also includes bespoke hip and knee replacement surgery using tailor made implants to fit the patient and complex trauma (fractures) and plastic reconstructive surgery.

London International Patient Services has previously carried out complex surgery at The London Clinic for several patients including a limb salvage surgery for an Egyptian military patient who has since returned to work. "My doctors, Mr Culpan and Mr Chan saved my life. I was in a very bad condition but now I am living," says Colonel Ahmed Ali.

"The nursing staff at The London Clinic were very friendly, supportive and kind. During those hard times the physiotherapy was so great and amazing. I am walking now because of them, the colorectal team and the hospital's International Office team. They are all so great," he adds.

The London Clinic is located within the Harley Street Medical Area, London - an area famed for its medical excellence in treating complex and life-threatening conditions. The area, managed by long-term landlord The Howard de Walden Estate, brings together a community of world-renowned medical professionals.

The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is taking place from 28-31 January 2019 at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre. Throughout the exhibition both Mr Paul Culpan and the London Clinic team will be located on the Harley Street Medical Area Stand on the UK Pavilion (hall 7 stand E30).


Annette Shiel
Harley Street Medical Area
+44 20 7290 0970

Tuesday 22 January 2019 / file under Healthcare | Medical