Traditional and Integrative Medicine 2017. 2(2):83-89.

Treatment of Leg Venous Congestion Using Iranian Leech Therapy after Orthopedic Surgery in a 12-year Adolescent with Double and Open Fracture of Distal of Right Leg and Ankle Dislocation
Hassan Hajtalebi, Hassan Khani Iurigh, Hamid Reza Hajtalebi

Abstract


Distal fractures of tibia along with fibula and ankle dislocation is one of the orthopedic problems seen in the area of fracture treatment. These fractures and dislocations can cause various complications such as non-union, bad union, ischemia caused by vascular damage, skin necrosis, and soft tissue damage of fracture, in addition to compartment syndrome, and venous congestion. The patient in this case study is a 12-year boy who suffered from right lower limb trauma due to a motorcycle accident. The patient underwent orthopedic surgery for internal fixation of bones and right ankle stability. After the surgery, the patient's right leg was swollen with severe venous congestion. The patient did not respond to conventional treatments, and so, the physician ordered leech therapy- according to a letter written by the physician to the traditional medicine clinic. The leech therapy was for the treatment of venous congestion in the patient’s right leg. Due to a severe trauma, major surgery, and post-operative venous congestion, the patient suffered from the melancholy in the surgical area, and the bottom of foot, and consequently, the whole body. The patient's venous congestion and severe swelling were significantly decreased after four stages of leech therapy on the basis of Iranian Traditional Medicine in two weeks with 10 leeches, and significant recovery was recorded. After two months of treatment by his physician, the patient underwent a successful surgery for a skin graft on anterior leg, and then was fully recovered. According to the process of patient’s recovery and significant treatment of patient’s leg edema and congestion after leech therapy, it seems that combining the Iranian modern and traditional medicines can be a solution to such diseases.


Keywords


Double Distal Fracture of Tibia and Fibula; Ankle Dislocation; Iranian Traditional Medicine; Iranian Leech Therapy

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