African Professor Recorded Success in the First 3D Inner-ear Surgery – Tech Thursday (TBT)

The University of Pretoria entered the book of history with the recent success in the world’s first 3D inner-ear surgery performed by the university professor, Professor Mashudu Tshifularo. The success has been spread across the globe and was welcomed with lots of recommendations as the two patients who benefited from this innovation are ever grateful.

Cerebral professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team of professionals took a bold step to perform the groundbreaking surgery without minding the consequence of failure. Their unmatched efforts were crowned with successfully completing the surgery that most thought would be associated with brutal consequences. Now, another patient has been successfully treated to confirm that their operation is far from a fluke.

This surgery involved the effective replacement of the anvil, ossicles, hammer, and stirrup, all inner ear components. The 3D printing was used to mode the bones of the listed issues and reconstruct the ossicles. As difficult as these procedures may be, Mr. Thabo Moshiliwa, 40, has benefited from the experience of the gifted professor as the first recipient of 3D inner ear surgery in the world. Soon after the success, Mr. Simon Bohale, 62, also took the successful surgery to become the second recipient of the new world of 3D surgery.

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According to reports, hearing impairment is a natural phenomenon and is associated with age. It was gathered that the degeneration of sense of hearing begins at 40. Therefore, nearly half of aged people are expected to suffer from hearing impairment when they turn 80. Although diseases and infections are other factors contributing to hearing loss. The good news is; the operation can be carried out on anyone regardless of their age. Meaning that even the aged can still have their ear in absolutely perfect condition.

Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, 55, is one of the best in the field of medicine and his antecedent confirmed that the new record-making feat was not new to him. In 2008, he was believed to be the first man to ever perform a bloodless surgery (endoscope-assisted tonsillectomy) in the whole world through his self-designed techniques coupled with other remarkable groundbreaking surgeries he has laid his hands on.

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The astute professor, Mashudu Tshifularo, was the first African ENT specialist and one of the youngest when he was appointed into the Medunsa Department of Otorhinolaryngology in 2001. He has since then contributed immensely to the postgraduate training of registrars and consultants as an academic professor while developing himself yet further. He is working tirelessly to increase the number of ENT specialists in South Africa and all over the continent.

All we hope for is a more groundbreaking career in the field of medicine from these hardworking hands as the resourceful professor rightly said, no one is born deaf and dumb.

                                                                                                                   

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