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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Komfo Anokye Hospital successfully carries out 1st major surgery to treat a patient with bladder abnormality

THE Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has successfully carried out its first major surgery to treat a patient with bladder abnormality.
A seven member team of Urologists from the International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) from the United States, led by Dr Bob Hiep Nguyen, together with their Ghanaian counterparts led by Dr Ken Aboah, Head of the Urology Unit at KATH successfully carried out the surgery which involved the complete removal of the patient’s bladder and the creation of a new one using the patient’s small intestines.
The KATH story followed an earlier one carried out by the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital a few days ago on a bladder cancer patient, giving hope to other patients with such condition.
While that of the Korle Bu Hospital was done on a 35-year-old woman, that of KATH was done on a 12-year-old girl.
Hitherto, the patient as well as others with bladder abnormality either had their urinary tract re-channelled to their rectum or a bag was attached to the skin to contain the urine.
Dr Aboah told the Daily Graphic that the child was born with an abnormality in her bladder, which was partially formed as well as a severe malformation in her external genital, which was also reconstructed.
The team from IVU who visited KATH between February 1 and 7, 2007 also attended to about 40 cases of Hermaphrodites, Bladder Extrophy, Intersex, Hypospadia, Epispadia, Posterior Urethral Valves and Mayer-Rotatanski-Hauster Syndrome.
The hermaphrodites had their sex organs reconstructed.
The team also donated urology equipment valued at US$31,000 to KATH to help assist in health delivery at the hospital.
The equipment included a Uroflowmeter, Telescopes and Paediatric Cystoscope and an Artificial Spincter.
Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, Chief Executive of the hospital expressed appreciation about the successful surgery on the bladder abnormality patient as well as the genital reconstruction feats saying the move was helping the hospital to achieve its vision of becoming a centre of excellence.
He said the hospital intended to put up a Urology Centre and that KATH would continuously collaborate with IVU to assist in the training of Urologists.
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1 comment:

adomako said...

weldone to the surgeons and entire staff at KATH plus publisher