The 76 year old patient who previously had cervical fracture (broken neck) surgery 30 years ago and who recently fell and re-broke and displaced a bone in her neck, Şenay Dinçkol, was rejected by health institutions in Turkey and in our country due to high risks in her surgery was later brought to Near East University Hospital. Subsequently, a microsurgery was performed on the patient, followed by a physiotherapy and rehabilitation program, which was stated straight after the surgery and is currently continuing, has improved the patient’s condition to a state where she is able to move.

A 76 year old patient, Şenay Dinçkol, who previously had a cervical fracture surgery and who fell down in Turkey 5 months ago, broke and displaced a cervical bone applied to health institutions both in Turkey and in our country and was rejected due to high risks in her surgery. She was left untreated; in a condition where she was not able to move for two weeks. The patient was later brought to Near East University Hospital and was operated on subsequent to a detailed medical examination. Later, a microsurgery was carried out and a physiotherapy and rehabilitation program was initiated following her operation. As a result, the patient’s health condition has now been revealed as rather good and she was soon to be discharged from the hospital.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğa Gürkanlar: “Prior to her microsurgery, the patient could NOT walk with or without help. Currently, due to her microsurgery performed at Near East University Hospital and her ongoing treatment plan, she is currently able to walk with minimum assistance!”

Head of Department of Brain and Nerve Surgery of Near East University Hospital, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğa Gürkanlar, made a statement regarding the microsurgery performed at his helm and stated that once admission of the patient to Near East University Hospital she was medically examined and it was identified. Resultantly, it was found out that she had a strength loss in her arms and legs, and was unable to move with or without assistance.

Furthermore, it was identified that she had a cervical fracture, a displacement in a bone and a herniated disc in her neck. As part of her treatment plan, a microsurgery was performed on her and a follow-up treatment plan regarding physiotherapy and rehabilitation program was initiated. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğa Gürkanlar further stated that currently, the patient’s health condition was improving every day and that she was able to move with only minor assistance.

Within the last year, a total of 13 cervical fracture and/or cervical bone displacement operations have been carried out at Near East University Hospital…

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğa Gürkanlar provided more information regarding the surgeries carried out at Near East University Hospital and asserted that within the last year, a total of 13 patients had been operated on due to cervical fracture and cervical bone displacement caused by various reasons such as falling down. He added that the spinal cord was partially preserved and that they had achieved successful results due to prompt treatment plans applied; including the surgeries performed and the physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs administered.

Providing further details, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğa Gürkanlar asserted that depending on the impact of the trauma encountered the spinal cord could be injured and patients who have injured their spinal cords faced issues such as not being able to feel or not being able to move certain parts of the body. In such cases, the patients must be operated on emergently and treatment plans must be put in place to preserve the neurological functions of the patient; and in fact enable the patient to regain his/her neurological functions if they had been lost due to an impact. He explained that they had performed many operations alike and with the correct physiotherapy and rehabilitation program to follow the surgery, successful results could be achieved.