The multidisciplinary medical and surgical team has successfully conducted a 9-Hour Separation surgery for the Yemeni Twins Abdullah and Abdulrahman in King Abdulaziz Medical City – Riyadh on Saturday, the 28th of February 2015. The team was headed by Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah with the participation of prominent Saudi consultants in anesthesiology, pediatric, orthopedic, plastic surgery, and pediatrics urinary tract surgery as well as nursing and technical staff.
The separation surgery was be performed through 9 stages which started with anesthesia, prepping, as well as inserting the necessary catheters, followed by sterilization then the incision and opening stage, after which the bowel separation took place followed by the urological and gentile system separation. After that, the orthopedic surgical team separated the pelvic bones then the team was divided into two teams to proceed with the reconstruction stage in which the reconstruction of the gastro, urological and gentile system have been completely reconstructed.
Finally, the 9th and final stage was dressing and coverage in which the plastic surgery team closes the wounds, followed by transferring the twins to the pediatric intensive care unit until their treatment is complete.
Additionally, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince for their continuous support towards the health sector in the kingdom and to His Royal Highness Prince Mitib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard for his constant follow-up.
This surgery is number (35) in a series of separation surgeries performed on Siamese twins in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1990 on cases from more than 18 countries globally.