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Dr. Samih Tarabichi

Dr. Samih Tarabichi
Consultant Orthopedics Surgery

Dr. Samih Bakri Al Tarabichi was born in 1953 and brought up in Syria, Damascus. In 1978 He finished his medicine bachelor degree in Damascus and he made the decision to move to the United States Of America to continue his study and involve more in the scientific researches.
1979 Illinois University, IL ,was the first station in the United States for training and fellow researcher,  Dr. Tarabichi mainly was focusing on joint replacement , he trained in Ohio state university and graduated from Mcgill university in 1987.
After graduation Dr. Tarabichi start practicing medicine in Citrus Memorial Hospital 502 Highland Boulevard Inverness, Florida and he practiced there over 10 years and his main invest there is knee and hip replacement.
In 1996 Dr. Tarabichi announced his plans that he is going to move to Dubai on the other side of the world, his colleges was surprised “why would you leave the city who the orthopedic surgeons would describe as paradise”, Their argument was there was simply no demand for joint replacement surgery, which was Dr Tarabichi’s speciality. It was a well-established fact, they said, that people in the Middle East did not want the procedure. And if they did want it, he was told, “they flew to Europe to get it”.
Dr Tarabichi carried on regardless, willing to take a hit to his career to allow his four children to see their grandparents more often. In his first full year in Dubai, Dr Tarabichi performed a total of seven transplants. after few years, he expects to perform more than 850 transplants per year, probably that makes him one of the busiest joint-replacement specialists in the world.

Dr. Tarabichi established the first registry in the Middle East in 1999. Initially, he linked it to the University of Dundee and now we are linking it to private institution in Europe. Through this institution and online, we register all the joint replacement cases and we are required to submit the details about the patient. However, the identity of the patient is kept confidential and we normally give each patient a number, and the data about this patient and the surgery and what has been done will be then submitted online to the data system

Furthermore, by accumulating such data Dr. Tarabichi was able to publish over 10 articles in well-recognized international scientific magazines about joint replacements in the Middle East. These articles can be accessed through the Research Gate site along with few Chapters that were written in major orthopedic text books

along with that Dr. Tarabichi established a monthly special task force meeting to improve the quality of the work performed at his center.  this meeting hosting medical and non medical staff to discuss the ways of care and quality improvement in the center, this meeting is still running since 1998

After few years of practicing medicine Dr. Tarabichi, noticed the facts that total knee replacement (TKR) patients have difficulty performing certain tasks involving deep knee flexion which are part of activities of daily living (ADL). Muslims’ lifestyles heavily depend on the ability to fully flex the knee, and many daily activities, such as praying, social encounters (attending the Sheikh’s majlis), dining or even using the hole bathroom, are carried out on the ground  “These people, if they can’t bend the knee, this is going to be very distressful,” he said, referring to the requirements of the five-times daily ritual of the call to prayer, as well as the preference of many south Asian men to squat on their haunches when they relax. Not to mention the fact that some even go to the bathroom in that position, too.

Working as a consultant to Zimmer, a US manufacturer of orthopaedic products, Dr Tarabichi helped develop knee implants that allow for “full flexion capability,” or bending by as much as 150 degrees, enough for the recipient of a replacement joint to pray five times per day or relax comfortably in the grass or take care of any other business that may come up.

But that was not all. Dr Tarabichi observed that Arab knees are structurally different from those he had seen in the West. The femur bone is generally narrower and set at a slightly sharper angle, and the cruciate ligament more relaxed and malleable

The Flex implant has been designed to accommodate this by giving up to 165 degrees of flexion. One-thousand and thirty-two (1032) TKRs were performed on patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis using the LPS Flex mobile bearing implant over a five year period with a minimum of 1 year post-operative follow up. The results were then compared to a series obtained from the Zimmer Feedback database which is managed independently by the Audit and Research Office, Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom. 44% of pre-op cases had full flexion as per our set criteria. There were no apparent differences in patello-femoral pain levels, complications or Knee Society score despite the fact that our patients had, on average, an increase in maximum flexion along with an increase in functional ability.

Dr. Tarabichi He currently holding six US PATENT which covering surgical instrumentations and implants design for total joint replacement .

For More Information and videos, Please visit : https://drtarabichi.com 

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