The Turkish medical team separated the Siamese twins in 9 hours, thus breaking the world record

ISTANBUL- (BUSINESS WIRE) – Shortly after birth, a Turkish medical team successfully separated Siamese twins using a range of innovative techniques, including virtual simulations and 3D modeling. A successful procedure performed at Istanbul’s Acibadem Hospital set a new world record for the fastest surgery of its kind.

“Thanks to our team of dedicated professionals, we were able to separate the twins in a well-planned surgery that lasted about nine hours,” says prof. Mehmet Veli Karaaltin, who supervised the operation. He is a doctor of medicine specializing in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery.

As a result of the procedure, the twins, who were born Siamese in the chest but have two hearts, were able to survive on their own. The Algerian-born twins are now in a stable condition where they remain under observation.

Breakthrough methods

The team of prof. Karaaltina involved dozens of medical professionals and specialists who used a number of new techniques to successfully complete the procedure. These included virtual simulations that allowed doctors to predict the effects of surgery in advance.

“These simulations helped us prevent possible fatal injuries that the twins might otherwise suffer,” explains prof. Karaaltin, who performed many successful operations in the field of micro- and reconstructive surgery.

The procedure also included 3D modeling of skeletal structures and internal organs of the twins. Doctors also used three tissue balloons, which were gradually inflated over a three-month preoperative period.

In the second first case, patients with the Endo-vision method were implanted with decelularized placental membranes developed in Turkish laboratories. “We also created a biocompatible stage with a 3D bio-printer that allowed us to restore their front chest walls,” says prof. Karaaltin.

Compiling the history of medicine

Siamese twins are thought to be the result of aberrations that occurred during embryonic development. The phenomenon occurs in about one in 50,000 births and most cases – about 60% – cause stillbirth.

Successful divorce proceedings of prof. Karaaltina has aroused great enthusiasm in the international surgical community. “We’re proud to have made it into the history of medicine,” he says. “The state-of-the-art techniques we have used in this operation will undoubtedly save countless lives in the future.”

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