Yobe Stages First Laparoscopic Surgery

Doctors at Ajayi Medical and Diagnostic Center, a private hospital based in Gashua, Yobe State have conducted the first successful laparoscopic surgery in the state.

NAN reports that Laparoscopic surgery is the latest modern way surgical procedure that involves inserting instruments into a small incision on the abdominal wall of a patient.

Dr Adamu Amshi, the Managing Director of the hospital correct uterine prolapse caused by weak pelvic muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus.

“The surgery, known as sacrohysteropexy, involves resuspension of the prolapsed uterus using
a strip of synthetic mesh to lift the uterus and hold it in place to allow normal sexual intercourse and preserve childbearing function.

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“The operation was performed using laparoscopic magnification with superior screen visualisation of the anatomy,” he said.

Unlike traditional open surgery, Amshi said, laparoscopy is minimally invasive in that it is conducted through smaller incisions; it decreases hospital stay, reduces blood loss and post-operative pain, and guarantees accuracy and rapid recovery.

The managing director, who is an Indian trained-obstetrics gynaecologist, said it took his team four hours to complete the operation, conducted on a 30-year-old woman from Bursari Local Government Area of the state.

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He, however, said that the treated patient had been told that she could only deliver a baby through Caesarean Section (CS).

Dr Amshi listed the risk factors of uterine prolapse to include multiple vaginal births, ageing, obesity, delivery of large babies,
chronic cough and being postmenopausal.


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