Dr. Lucia Heras

Dr. Lucia Heras

Orthopedics Specialist - Orthopedic Surgeon

  Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  15 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Qualification and Experience

Dr. Lucia Heras is an esteemed Orthopedic Surgeon with a specialization in Hand Surgery. She graduated in Madrid, Spain and received her MBBS degree. Subsequently, she obtained her British certificate of training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in the United Kingdom. She held the position of Senior Consultant Hand & Orthopedic Surgeon when she worked at Newham University Hospital. Moreover, she was the Chairwoman of the hand unit in London. Dr. Heras is a member of the Spanish Society of Hand Surgery, the British Society of Hand Surgery and the European Society of Hand Surgery.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Heras’ main areas of expertise include Management of wrist fractures, Treatment for chronic hand and wrist pain, Surgical correction for hand deformities, Management of congenital malformation, Distal radioulnar instability, Mal union of finger fracture treatment, Treatment for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis of the hands, fingers and small joint replacement, Removal of benign or malignant tumors, or lumps in the hand/wrist.

Past Experience

  • Senior Consultant Hand and Orthopedic Surgeon, Newham University Hospital

Qualifications

  • MBBS
  • MD
CERTIFICATIONS (1)
  • British Certificate of Training in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery in UK
MEMBERSHIPS (1)
  • Member of the Spanish, British and European Society of Hand Surgery.
Procedures
Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal tunnel decompression, popularly referred to as carpal tunnel release, is a surgical procedure conducted to relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • A nerve called median nerve along with many tendons pass through a small tunnel called carpal tunnel from the forearm to the upper hand. This nerve controls the movement of your fingers except for the little finger.
  • Sometimes there is tremendous pressure on the nerve and it presses the nerve against the tunnel. This results in specific symptoms such as numbness, weakness, tingling sensation, or pain in the fingers. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.


Is carpal tunnel surgery compulsory?

The treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of the condition and the duration of the symptoms. Generally, the physicians first recommend non-surgical interventions such as the use of corticosteroid injections and wrist splints to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

A carpal tunnel treatment surgery is recommended in case:

  • You experience loss of function in fingers or hand because of nerve damage confirmed in a median nerve test.
  • Your symptoms do not subside. Wait for two to seven weeks after starting non-surgical treatment.
  • You have difficulty in performing daily activities ranging from reduced strength in the thumb, loss of feeling, and loss of coordination.
  • You are not able to get sleep properly because of the pain.
  • The main cause of this situation is rheumatoid arthritis.

The carpal tunnel treatment surgery is an open technique. The surgeon may make a cut in the transverse carpal ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel. The carpal tunnel treatment allows more room for the median nerve and the tendons to pass through the tunnel. Thereby, the pressure on the nerve is reduced causing relief from the symptoms.

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the joints. It is performed with the help of a special instrument called an arthroscope. It comes with an attached video camera and a light. What is observed by the camera is recorded and can be viewed by the surgeon on a television monitor.

Arthroscopic knee surgery is an alternative to total knee replacement and other forms of knee replacement surgery. During the knee arthroscopic surgery, small incisions are made to insert an arthroscope and other surgical tools to correct a defect in or around the knee joint. Total knee replacement, on the other hand, refers to complete removal and replacement of the diseased joint with a prosthetic implant.

When is knee arthroscopy required?

Knee arthroscopy is conducted for the diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Inflammation of the knee
  • Injuries such as :

    • Fractures
    • Ligament tear
    • Tendon damage
    • Torn meniscus
    • Misalignment of kneecap
    • Bakers cyst
    • Meniscus tear
    • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage
Meniscus Repair

The meniscus is a rubbery ligament between the shinbone and the thighbone. Meniscus tear takes place when there is a solid contorting movement of the knee, especially when the knee is bent while the foot is firmly placed on the ground. It is one of the most common knee injuries among sportsperson who play football, cricket, and tennis, and people who perform high-impact activities.

 A few people may suffer from meniscus tear due to ligament of knee degeneration that takes place with age due to several factors.

 Pain, swelling and tightness may increase over several days if you have a meniscus tear. You may not be able to straighten your knee, and it may lock in position. It may be problematic for you to put weight on your leg or even walk normally like before.

 Minor meniscus tears can heal by itself if there is a good blood supply to the area. However, some tears require arthroscopic surgery to fix the tear. It is important to rest and let the ligament heal. Ice packs and physical therapy helps with the recovery of a meniscus tear.

Different Approaches to Meniscus Repair Surgery

 Only 10 percent of meniscus tears can heal by itself if there is an appropriate blood supply.

Most of the surgeries are arthroscopic surgeries in which a special device is used to view inside the knee and see the torn meniscus. There are different procedures, however, that can be conducted to repair or fix the meniscus and these include the following:

  • Meniscectomy: It can be partial meniscectomy or complete, that is, the torn meniscus can be partially removed or completely. It can be done as an open surgery or arthroscopic surgery.
  • Meniscal Repair: It can be performed open or arthroscopically and the preservation of the meniscus involved three aspects:
    • Repair of the torn meniscus
    • Non-surgical treatment of asymptomatic meniscal pathologies
    • Partial meniscectomy and resection

  • Meniscal Regeneration: Meniscal transplantation (MAT) can be performed to restore the meniscus. In this case, a graft is usually taken from the hamstring muscle to reproduce the meniscus.

Frequently Asked Questions
What area of specialization does Dr. Lucia Heras have?
Dr. Lucia Heras is specialized in United Arab Emirates and of the most sought after doctors in Orthopedics Specialist.
Does Dr. Lucia Heras offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
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How many years of experience does Dr. Lucia Heras have?
Dr. Lucia Heras is one of the most sought after specialists in United Arab Emirates and has over 15 Years years of experience.
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