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Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) has performed its first knee arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopy is a mini-invasive surgical procedure where Orthopaedic Surgeons visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.

The lead surgeon, Dr. Harsh Vadgama, said that such surgeries will be taking place in the Hospital.

On his part, Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, said that with the completion of the new 2000-bed multi-specialty Hospital to be constructed in Kiplombe, more advanced surgeries will be performed. He also said that this is the first dedicated service being offered in a public Hospital which has clinics running every Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Dr. Aruasa further said that members enrolled with NHIF will also access the service at no extra cost. He called on sports personalities, who have sustained injuries, to utilize the service in the Hospital.

The machine used to perform the surgery was acquired from the Germany-based company, Karl-Storz, through Phillips Healthcare Technologies Limited based in Kenya, at a cost of Kshs. 30 million which includes the whole tower. Its shaver system is the first if its kind in East Africa.

The procedure is mostly used for knees, wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders and can also repair damaged cartilage, remove fragments of loose bones and perform reconstructive procedures.

Before arthroscopic surgery is performed, an examination is performed whereby an Orthopaedic Surgeon makes a very small incision in the patient's skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint.

Dr. Vadgama expounds: "By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through small mini incisions rather than large incision needed for surgery.”

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