Filipino doctor invents cheap way to fix fractures

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Posted at May 21 2014 11:10 PM | Updated as of May 22 2014 07:09 PM

Dr. Juan Agustin D. Coruña IV, Medical Officer III, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital; Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines. March 2014.

BACOLOD, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL - A resident doctor from Bacolod has been meeting with the world's best orthopedic surgeons to show them a cheap yet effective way to fix fractures using cable ties.

Dr. Juan Agustin D. Coruña IV discovered that nylon cable ties—pieces of nylon that keep your cables from tangling—could be used to strengthen fracture fixation in broken bones using particular surgical techniques he has developed.

Nylon cable ties are easier to apply in the fractures, and are cheaper than stainless steel wires, yet they have the same effect to bone healing.

Using nylon cable ties lowers surgical costs, making othopedic operations accessible to those who initially cannot afford it.

Coruña, a doctor in the Orthopaedics and Traumatology department of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), started working on this new cerclage system in 2012.

He developed and penned the novel study with Dr. Jose Maria R. Coruña, Orthopaedics and Traumatology department chairman, with Dr. Dove A. Demandante, resident of Laboratory department, and Dr. Hans Francis D. Ferraris, Laboratory department and Research Committee chairman.

Poster shown at the ORS, and for presentation in Korea and Japan. Orthopaedic Research Society 60th Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, March 15-18, 2014

The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine graduate has been presenting the study to academicians, clinicians and researchers from all over the world.

In March 2014, Coruña was the only delegate from the Philippines to the 60th Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting in the US, considered the premiere forum for the presentation of new musculoskeletal research findings, attended by almost 3,000 medical experts.

Coruña also presented his research in a science symposium in South Korea last May 16 to 17 and will again represent the Philippines in Kobe, Japan at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association on May 22 to 25.

Coruña’s participation in these scientific meetings puts the country, and particularly Negros Occidental, in the limelight as a budding outlet of excellent orthopedic research.

“The next step for my presented study is to perform strength testing to the nylon cable ties prior to human use so that what could possibly benefit Filipinos first and foremost is based on solid scientific evidence," said Coruña.