Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

The American Hospital Dubai is home to the region’s most advanced orthopedic services. The Orthopedic Department is led by a team of world-class, Board-certified, best orthopedic doctors in Dubai with an accumulated 46 years’ worth of experience. Providing the Gulf region with expert orthopedic care, their wealth of knowledge enables them to determine difficult diagnoses accurately and to treat them with the highest quality of patient care.

Sport and physical exercise add enormous quality to our lives, whether it’s enjoyed for the social or physical benefits, for fun or for work. However, sports injuries can happen at any time, anywhere – the result of an accident, overworking the body or from repetitive action over a long period of time.

Sometimes, injuries may be ignored in the hope that a period of rest will provide an effective cure.  Whether you are an elite professional athlete or a recreational sportsperson, your sports injuries will heal more effectively if they are treated quickly and professionally, so that you can get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible.

Uniquely, the Sports Medicine Center at American Hospital Dubai focuses on acute care. This means that we diagnose and treat sports-related injuries quickly. It’s all about results – faster treatment means better healing and quicker recovery.


Whatever your sport – from football to tennis, golf to skiing, riding to surfing, rugby to cricket – the dedicated sport medicine specialists and orthopedics in Dubai at American Hospital Dubai can keep you in the game, with a range of expertise to treat the sports injuries that are increasingly common amongst the young and active population in Dubai, the UAE and wider region.

When it comes to sports injuries, you want the best team on your side!

The Sports Medicine Center’s multidisciplinary team has the extensive experience and sports injury Dubai  and expertise to provide comprehensive services and care, with orthopedic surgeons, imaging specialists and physiotherapists, and other therapists all working together and committed to getting you back to match fitness, fast. Our superbly equipped clinic offers advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques and is supported on-campus by the Hospital’s leading imaging/diagnostics and a range of specialist treatments and advanced rehabilitation. Everything you need is available under one roof.

The American Hospital's Orthopedic Department has earned a reputation overcoming even the most challenging cases. Using pioneering medical equipment, with innovative techniques and procedures that incorporate cutting-edge scientific technologies, our doctors provide a diverse range of solutions, ranging from complex emergency surgery to comprehensive post-operation management. Surgeries performed by our experts include:

  • Uni-Knee partial replacement – treating partial erosion of the joint surface
  • Legacy LPS Flex – for patients with joint surface erosion who still have full flexion ability
  • The NexGen System – for patients with joint surface erosion but only partial flexion ability
  • Legacy CCK – for advanced stages of bone erosion
  • Versus System – the latest in artificial hip joint replacement
  • Orthopedic trauma management
  • Joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee joints
  • Acute and reparative management of joint dislocations
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears and impingement syndrome
  • Resurfacing shoulder prosthesis with minimal bone resection
  • Reverse shoulder prosthesis
  • Treatment of all types of shoulder instability (arthroscopic and open)
  • Arthroscopic resection of acromioclavicular joint
  • Suspension arthroplasty for 1st CMC joint arthrosis

Repair of scaphoid bone nonunion

Our experienced team of orthopedic specialists is supported by AHD’s in-house state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The doctors’ collective depth of knowledge and specific professional understanding in their field enables them to provide the best quality of personalized care to each and every patient.

As Board-certified orthopedic surgeons, our specialists confidently diagnose, treat and operate within a variety of orthopedic subspecialties. These include hand, wrist, shoulder and knee surgery, reconstruction and joint replacement, as well as trauma surgery. Our surgeons utilize the most progressive and minimally invasive techniques in operations, such as arthroscopy and pioneering joint replacement systems.

We strive to consistently diagnose with absolute precision to ensure the most effective treatment. Our main focus is to deliver excellent results to the patient and we work hard to achieve care, quality and success. Generally, the diagnostic procedure begins with a formal and detailed study of a patient’s medical history, as well as a thorough examination of their current physical health. This is followed by supplementary tests, using MRI and CT scanners, with a more detailed diagnosis achieved through the use of an arthroscope.

Minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopy, are utilized by AHD’s orthopedic specialists to examine, diagnose and consequently treat problems that occur within the joints. During such a procedure, the surgeon inserts gracile (very thin) probing tools fitted with fiber optic lighting into a minute incision. The probe is fitted with an extremely small camera, enabling the surgeon to determine the scope of the problem without causing unnecessary damage to the patient.

At AHD, we take pride in doing our utmost to restore mobility and give individuals the chance to live a dynamic and fully functional life. Patients requiring partial or full joint replacements are afforded only the most advanced solutions. The effective NexGen system, for example, provides patients with up to an impressive 155 degrees of joint movement, facilitating their successful return to everyday mobility.

After surgery, all patients’ needs are catered to through individualized rehabilitation and management care programs, designed to assist their swift and safe return to normal life.

The Center especially sees patients with sports injuries of all the major joints. For specialists, the ability to see inside the joint is vital. American Hospital Dubai has the most advanced arthroscopy equipment – used by our experienced orthopedic surgeons to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.

In an arthroscopic examination, the orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and inserts a pencil-sized instrument containing a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through optical fibers to the end of the arthroscope inserted into the joint.

By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature camera, the surgeon is able to inspect the interior of the joint through this very small hole rather than having to make a large surgical incision. The camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee to see the cartilage, ligaments, and meniscus.

The surgeon can then determine the extent and type of injury and can repair or correct the problem, if necessary. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made that is likely to be more accurate than through ‘open’ surgery or from X-ray studies. Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, these six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument: knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist.

American Hospital Dubai benefits from an Advanced Rehabilitation Unit, is a dedicated facility located in the Hospital’s Bed Tower. With a total of 22 private rooms, the unit provides patient-centric therapy and comprehensive patient care under one roof. The multidisciplinary team consists of more than 20 staff.

The Advanced Rehabilitation Unit at the American Hospital Dubai provides a unique range and combination of services for post-surgical treatment, such as joint replacement surgery, and for a wide range of medical conditions from sports and other accidents/injuries to chronic degenerative disease. The team provides general and specialized therapies and rehabilitation for every member of the family.

All therapists at the AHD Rehabilitation Unit are extensively experienced and trained to meet the highest international physical therapy standards. Their expert services include:

  1. Emergency assessment – acute or fast track assessment and diagnostics of sports-related injuries
  2. Imaging services — advanced imaging equipment and technology for diagnosing sports injuries, including X-rays, CTs, and MRIs
  3. Bone and joint services — highly specialized surgical expertise and the latest techniques to repair injuries and correct bone and joint problems
  4. Physical therapy — dedicated sports-related rehabilitation

 About 8 in 10 people do have an episode of back pain at sometime in their life. Most of the time it get better but if it was not treated properly it can lead to chronic back pain. Back pain is very common in the people sitting in front of the computer for prolonged duration.

The pain may be characterized as a dull ache, shooting or piercing pain, or a burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include paresthesia (tingling with no apparent cause), weakness or numbness in the legs and arms.

The anatomic classification of back pain follows the segments of the spine: neck pain (cervical), middle back pain (thoracic), lower back pain (lumbar) or coccydynia (tailbone or sacral pain) with the lumbar vertebrae area most common for pain.

The pain may originate from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the vertebral column (spine). Internal structures such as the gallbladder and pancreas may also cause referred pain in the back.

The most important thing to remember is that right diagnosis leads to proper treatment.

 At AHD our Back Care Specialists will discuss in detail about your condition and management plan, as we believe that management plan should be shared with you rather than asking you to take medicines.

Our approach to treatment would be,

  • Detailed explanation of your back pain.
  • Treatment plans which suits you best.
  • Use of latest anti-inflammatory and pain medications used in the treatment of back pain.
  • Physiotherapy if indicated
  • Rehabilitation input if needed.
  • Epidurals, facet joint and sacroiliac joints radiofrequency denervation (RF) treatment.
  • Soft tissue trigger points injections


For pain free life AHD Back Care Specialists are there for you.




American Hospital Panel of Doctors

Catalin Stefan Dragulescu

Consultant Orthopedic Surgery

English, French, German, Romanian

Fahd Mohamad Dahhan

Orthopedic Surgeon

Arabic, English

Ghazwan Maki

Consultant Orthopedic Surgery

Arabic, Danish, English

John Atef Hanna Girgis

Specialist Orthopedic Surgery

Arabic, English

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