In the past two weeks, Aidar Batallion soldier Oleg underwent two operations – dismantling of the the external fixation apparatus on his the foot, which was installed to correct the varus deformity and to stretch the femur and replacement of the bone defect using stem-cell material. An external fixation device was then fitted to his thigh.
For the next two months doctors will be waiting for the result of fusion of the thigh, then they will determine the date of removal of the device.
Oleg came to the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project following six months of treatment for his bone injuries in public hospitals. During that time, no recovery processes in the bones of his arms and legs were observed, because these injuries can not be cured by traditional methods. Oleg’s diagnosis is a defect (bone loss) to the humerus up to 12 cm and a nonunion fracture of the upper third of the femur with a defect of 3 cm.
The treatment history of the fighter is as follows:
03.02.2015 – conducted sampling of cellular material (red bone marrow from the ilium, bone fragments from fibula).
17.04.2015 – completed dismantling the external fixation apparatus on the right shoulder, removed bone chips and adaptive resection. In place of the bone defect autologous cell-tissue material was introduced in three places to the size of 12 cm, after which a metal plate was fixed.
21.04.2015 – removed external fixation device on the right thigh. The leg was set in a plaster cast.
20.05.2015 – preparatory thigh surgery was conducted – Fistula sequestration necrectomy with a charcoal plaster tamponade applied to a cavity in his glute to treat bone fragments to overcome osteomyelitis and create better conditions for the introduction of cell-tissue material.
20.10.2015 – surgery performed to remove the varus deformity of the foot and fitted an Ilizarov apparatus.
02.02.2016 – dismantled apparatus on foot, conducted stretching of the thigh.
09.02.2016 – at the site of the bone defect transplanted a bone block consisting of 3D-gel chips of osteoplastic material and autologous stem cells.
Currently, some of the fighters enrolled in the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded are recovering at home, while others are still being accepted for treatment. It is the latter that funds are needed for.
Together we can help these Ukrainian defenders return to normal life!