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Turkish surgeons separate twins in 9 hours, break world record

A team of surgeons at a Turkish hospital has successfully separated twins in under nine hours using 3D technology – breaking the world record for the fastest operation of its kind.

As a result of the procedure, the twins, who were fused by breastbone but have two hearts, were both able to survive on their own. The condition of the twins born in Algeria is stable, where they have been kept under observation.

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“Thanks to our team of dedicated professionals, we were able to separate the twins in a well-planned surgical procedure that took approximately nine hours,” said Prof. Mehmet Veli Karaltin, who supervised the operation at the Esibadem Hospital in Istanbul.

The hospital said in a statement that Prof. Karaltin’s team included dozens of medical experts and experts, who used a range of innovative techniques to bring the procedure to a successful conclusion.

These included virtual simulations that allowed doctors to predict the effects of the operation in advance.

“These simulations helped us avoid any potentially fatal injuries that the twins might have otherwise suffered,” Prof. Carltine explains.

The process also included 3D modeling of the skeletal structures and internal organs of the twins. The doctors also implanted three tissue balloons, which were inflated slowly over a three-month preoperative period.

In another first, decellularized placenta membranes, developed in Turkish laboratories, were implanted in patients using the endo-vision method.

“We also created a biocompatible scaffold with a 3D bio-printer that allowed us to reconstruct their anterior chest walls,” Prof. Carltine says.

making medical history

Conjoined twins are believed to be caused by aberrations experienced during fetal development. This phenomenon occurs in about one out of every 50,000 births, and in the vast majority of cases – about 60 percent – ​​results in stillbirth.

Pro. Karaltin’s successful ablation procedure has generated great enthusiasm in the international surgical community. “We are proud to make medical history,” he says. “The state-of-the-art technologies we used in this operation will undoubtedly save countless lives in the future.”

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