Dubai was the stage for a medical breakthrough as a 38-year-old Egyptian woman suffering from a rare and debilitating condition found a new lease on life after a pioneering surgical procedure.
Marwa Alsufi Ramadan, a resident of Dubai and mother of two, had been grappling with bilateral idiopathic condylar resorption, also known as ‘cheerleader syndrome’, since her early years. The disorder led to irregular jaw function, tooth loss, and severe chewing discomfort, significantly impacting her daily life. Despite numerous attempts at treatment, the condition remained undiagnosed for decades.This story was first reported by the Khaleej Times.
Seeking the Solution
Determined to overcome her condition, Marwa sought help from NMC Royal Hospital in Sharjah, following a neighbour’s recommendation. There, she met Dr Shyamsunder Nair, the head of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and Dr Pramod Subhash, a consultant in craniomaxillofacial surgery.
Path to Recovery
Upon conducting a thorough examination, the medical duo discovered that progressive erosion of Marwa’s jaw joints had changed her bite and facial profile. Their proposed solution was a groundbreaking TMJ replacement surgery, aiming to correct the irregular jaw bones, realign the jaw and teeth, and restore proper functioning.
Marwa’s life-altering surgery involved the use of custom-made TMJ joints, crafted through 3D printing technology. Dr Nair and Dr Subhash expertly inserted the tailor-made joints through small incisions, thereby alleviating Marwa’s pain and significantly improving her jaw’s functionality and appearance.
Two months post-surgery, Marwa reports a dramatic transformation. Her pain has been alleviated, and her jaw’s mobility and aesthetics have improved. In her own words, she couldn’t express her gratitude in words, and she remains forever grateful to the hospital staff.
A Medical Milestone
Dr Nair emphasized the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for conditions like Marwa’s, affecting less than 1% of the population. He noted that this surgical achievement highlights the hospital’s commitment to pioneering medical solutions and enhancing patients’ quality of life.
The Way Forward
“This case presents a new frontier in our region’s medical landscape,” Dr Nair said, praising his team’s dedication and expertise. Meanwhile, Dr Subhash expressed his delight at having helped Marwa return to a pain-free life, affirming that advanced care for TMJ disorders is available at NMC Royal Hospital.
In summary, this groundbreaking surgery not only reinstates hope for sufferers of ‘cheerleader syndrome’. It also firmly places NMC Royal Hospital at the forefront of medical innovation in the Middle East.