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Surgeon wins international prize for pioneering research

A surgeon at PAHT has won an international prize for his pioneering research into the treatment of ankle fractures.

Mr Kar Teoh, consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon (pictured right), won the Presidential Prize at the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) Conference, held from 21-23 October, in Lyon, France. EFAS represents 27 national societies and around 3500 surgeons in Europe.

He was recognised for his research titled: ‘Is it safe to weightbear a tibia-pro-fibula construct early when used in treating unstable osteoporotic bimalleolar ankle fractures: a biomechanical study?’ This research helps to establish whether it is feasible for patients with osteoporotic unstable ankle fractures (resulting from osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to become weak and brittle) to start early weightbearing following surgery, to improve recovery.

Mr Teoh’s research paper will now be published in the European Foot and Ankle Society scientific journal ‘Foot and Ankle Surgery’.

Mr Teoh said: “Normally patients with this type of injury are not able to weightbear for at least six weeks, usually longer. This is particularly debilitating for our older patients, which this type of injury often affects, and their wellbeing.

“I am delighted to be recognised by EFAS for this research, which will help improve patient outcomes. I am grateful to the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and AO United Kingdom for funding this important study.”

Dr Fay Gilder, medical director, added: “I am proud to see Mr Teoh’s research recognised on an international platform.

“Congratulations to Mr Teoh on this amazing achievement which is testament to his dedication to improving outcomes for patients at our hospital.”

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.