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German Ottobock in Cuba. A new era in orthopedic technology

external fixation is one of the key topics in orthopedicsCollaborative alliance between Cuba and German company Ottobock has allowed for access to knowledge and the transfer of technology, with the purpose of improving the quality of life of Cuban patients via orthopedic technology. "Cuba in Motion" project was initiated in 2016 by the German firm and Cuban Ministry of Public Health. The concept addresses two areas: the implanting of orthopedic prosthesis and the modernization of orthopedic technology workshops, including the training of professionals in the use of the company's technology. Ottobock is consolidating in Cuba the production of several prostheses and orthoses. Cuban ortho-prosthesis technicians traveled to Germany for a 10-month training program. Along with personnel training, plans include the modernization of machinery in prosthesis workshops across the country. Before German equipment arrived in the workshop, Cuban technicians made devices without much metric precision. They were crafted without specialized machinery, by sight. They measured with a plumb line or a string with a magnet in hands. Now they have a laser that takes more exact measurements and helps to align the prosthesis. Those made now are of greater quality because the equipment helps.

NEW CUBAN CENTER FOR BIOMECHANICAL STUDIES

external fixation is one of the key topics in orthopedicsAt Cuban Sports Research Center biomechanics studies are used to analyze the mechanics of athletes' movements. Biomechanics is devoted to the kinematic and kinetic study of athletes' movement technique, based on the governing laws and principles. The Center uses one of the pioneering programs for biomechanical development: Motion II – professional motion analysis software. Developed by German firm Contemplas, Cuba is the only developing country to use it. This software offers for the first time a general laboratory concept that combines maximum flexibility in the use of high-end equipment. However, the system itself is not limited to a single sport, and can be adapted to the needs of both coaches and those operating it. The program uses patterns which make it capable of automatically analyzing physical movement, where specific modules allow for focus on video capture with external and analog/digital data collection devices. The equipment works at a speed of 300-400 frames per second and the cameras use reference models to undertake the analysis.

Arthroscopy, Total Knee, Hip Replacement, Orthopedics costs in Cuba

Diseases of the osteomyearticular system (bone and joints) constitute one of the most frequent causes of disability. They prevent you from enjoying all the facets of your life in the way you should. From work and play to family activities, you deserve to be active and pain-free.

external fixation is one of the key topics in orthopedicsCuban hospitals offer a range of treatment options with state-of-the-art surgical technology, such as titanium implants, for the treatment of spinal deformities, fractures, herniated discs, and many other diseases of the vertebral column, including surgery of the vertebral column for the elderly. RALCA external fixator, introduced in surgical procedures on the island from the 1970s. This orthopedic apparatus, used to treat complex fractures and severe multiple injuries, is attached to the bone in order to lengthen it and correct both trauma wounds and congenital or acquired malformations, resulting in remarkable improvements in patient quality of life. It has multiple uses in vascular injuries and bone fragment displacement, and has proven to be very effective in natural disaster and armed conflict situations. RALCA takes its name from Dr. Rodrigo Álvarez Cambra, creator of the mechanical device, which is placed above the skin and attached to the bone using pins or wires for therapeutic purposes.

orthopedic implants CubaYou can also take advantage of Cuban advanced surgical treatments for back operations, foot deformities, shoulder, hip and ankle arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery, infections, complex hip conditions in older adults, injuries in high performance sports (Sports Traumatology) and other developments in the field of orthopedics. If you're suffering from articular degenerative diseases and congenital and acquired (post-traumatic) malformations Cuban doctors can also help.

Besides the specialties of Orthopedics and Traumatology have the largest number of cases with the use of stem cells in Cuba. By the end of 2017, the total number of domestic patients treated with stem cells amounted to 3000. The use of stem cells is promising in therapy of people suffering from serious renal insufficiency of the lower limbs, to avoid amputation in a range of 58 to 80% of patients who had this ailment. A marked improvement is also recorded in about 85% of patients presenting chronic arterial insufficiency of the lower members, who, because of the intense pain, were obliged to stop the walk before the 150 meters. Some of them today walk a kilometer and more without feeling discomfort. Results are also encouraging in complex fractures, bone cysts, aseptic necrosis of the hip, Arthritis injury joint degenerative, particularly of the knee, periodontitis, heart attacks, paraplegia due to injuries of the spine and spinal cord injury, and in children and adolescents with Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne (DMD).

Pathology Intervention Hospitalization in private room(nights) Hospitalization
Progressive care
(nights)
Anesthesia

Price (CUC)

Hip degenerative arthropathy
Total hip arthroplasty
20 1 RA

5100.00

Hip deformity Hip correcting osteotomy 14 RA

3750.00

Hip flexion contracture Hip flexor elongation 21 GA

3930.00

Lumbar herniated disc Lumbar discectomy 10 GA

3865.00

Relapsing lumbar herniated disc Discectomy and release of roots 14 GA

4770.00

Lumbar herniated disc Lumbar discectomy + posterior-lateral intersomatic fusion (plif) with titanium implant (1 space) 10 GA

4363.00

Lumbar herniated disk Lumbar discectomy + posterior-lateral intersomatic fusion (plif) with titanium implant (2 spaces) 10 GA

4863.00

Cervical herniated disc Cervical discectomy 7 GA

3200.00

Dorsal rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilization Anterior dorsal column 13 1 GA

6518.00

Dorsal rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilizationPosterior dorsal column 13 1 GA

6518.00

Lumbar rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilization Anterior lumbar column 13 1 GA

6238.00

Lumbar rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilizationPosterior lumbar column 6 2 GA

6238.00

Cervical rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilization Anterior cervical column 9 1 GA

5160.00

Cervical rachiomedullary compressive process Decompression and stabilizationPosterior cervical column 9 1 GA

5660.00

Scoliosis (- 60o?) Correction of -60o scoliosis 14 1 GA

5750.00

Scoliosis (+ 60o?) Correction of + 60?o scoliosis 27 1 GA

7920.00

Xiphosis (40 - 60o?) Correction of Xiphosis (40?o-60?o) 14 1 GA

5750.00

Xiphosis (+ 60o) Correction of + 60o xiphosis 27 1 GA

7920.00

Degenerative arthroplasty of the knee Knee arthroplasty with unilateral prosthesis implant 14 RA

4615.00

Degenerative arthroplasty of bilateral knee Knee arthroplasty with bilateral prosthesis 14 RA

6850.00

Angular deformity of the knee Unilarteral knee correcting osteotomy 21 RA

3815.00

Angular deformity of the knee Bilateral knee correcting osteotomy 21 RA

4940.00

Contracture in knee flexion Elongation of knee flexors 14 GA

3240.00

Internal unilateral patellar disarrangement Unilateral therapeutic arthroscopy 3 RA

1923.00

Internal unilateral patellar disarrangement Unilateral therapeutic arthroscopy 3 GA

2113.00

Internal bilateral patellar disarrangement Bilateral therapeutic arthroscopy 4 RA

3063.00

Internal bilateral patellar disarrangement Bilateral therapeutic arthroscopy 4 GA

3353.00

Deformity of the foot Arthrodesis of the back part of the foot 10 RA

2820.00

Carpal tunnel syndrome Release of the median nerve Outpatient RA

1170.00

All Programs include: Hospitalization, medical fees, pre-operation examination, surgical intervention, right to the operating room, anesthesia and recovery.
Exclude: Blood, derivatives or substitutes of blood and medication. According to the intervention the patient will require prosthesis or osteosynthesis material whose cost is not included in the program.