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Prosthetic pin discovered in ancient Egyptian mummy

Researchers during a routine DNA test on a male Egyptian have made an astonishing discovery after finding a 23cm iron orthopaedic screw inside his knee.

Prosthetic pin discovered in ancient Egyptian mummy
The mummy is believed to date to between the 16th and 11th centuries BC 
[Credit: Beyond Belief Archive]
The mummy is thought to have died between the 16th and 11 century BC and the pin is held in place by organic resin, similar to modern bone cement.

Medical experts were so amazed by this discovery they drilled through the bone to allow access for an arthroscopic camera to take a closer look.

This confirmed what they believed was impossible – that this operation was performed over 3,000 years ago.

Not only were the researchers astonished that the pin is ancient, but the highly advanced design had the visiting surgeons in awe.

Prosthetic pin discovered in ancient Egyptian mummy
The 23cm long nail found inside the mummy's knee 
[Credit: Beyond Belief Archive]
"The pin is made with some of the same designs we use today to get good stabilisation of the bone," said Dr. Richard Jackson, an orthopeadic surgeon from Brigham Young University.

Apparently, the ancient Egyptian doctors knew how to use the flanges on a screw to stabilise the rotation of the leg.

To date, no other mummy has ever been found with evidence of a similar surgery.

"I have to give the ancients a lot of credit for what they have done," added Dr. Wilfred Griggs, who led the team of scientists conducting DNA research on the mummy when they made this incredible find.

Author: Jenny Paschall | Source: Express [July 12, 2015]
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9 comments :

  1. what was used for anesthesia then, and how effective was it?

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  2. Am curious to know how did they do it in that time?

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  3. Maybe the patient died during the procedure.

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  4. I could believe that no anesthesia was used. 28 years ago, during a mountain climbing event, my father utilized hypnosis as anesthetic as he assisted a surgeon take out a 4-inch twig that stabbed a female mountaineer across her knee. I was a witness at 13 years old.

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  5. The very same anesthesia we use today, or better. They time travel.

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  6. This "surgery" was performed between the time of death and burial. In other words this was was not an orthopedic surgery with the goal of having a useful leg exception in the afterlife.

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  7. If the Egyptians knew how to do surgical procedures like this then they most likely knew about the benefits of pain management through opioids. The opium poppy has been around long before humans discovered it's medicinal qualities for pain management. Just like the cannibis plant.

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  8. Bone reaction around the pin, reveals that this prosthetic addition took place while the subject was alive.
    Pain management during Antiquity was feasible.

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