ANNUAL SURGICAL OUTREACH PROGRAMME BY KELINA HOSPITAL
The annual surgical outreach programme hosted by Kelina Hospital in conjunction with Surgical Aid Foundation is geared towards assisting the less privileged ones in our society who could not ordinarily afford expensive surgical procedures, such as minimal access surgery. During this period, surgeries are usually done at a reduced price, under sponsorship of Surgical Aid Foundation. This year’s theme was Laparoscopic Surgery. The programme took place between 5th-16th June 2017 and only patients who were qualified for laparoscopic procedures were taken. We had a case of patient with pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction to the kidney who had advanced surgical technique of Laparoscopy Pyeloplasty. It would appear that this was the first of such procedures to be done in this country. It involves the deployment of three small access points on the skin and the patient was up on his feet the same day of surgery and ready to go home the next day.
Several other procedures were done, including Laparoscopic Biopsy of a retroperitoneal mass causing retroperitoneal fibrosis, Laparoscopic marsupialization of a deep-seated kidney cyst, amongst others. Kelina Hospital is a centre of excellence for Urology, and it is no wonder that mostly urological procedures were done in the first week of this programme.
Nigerians often troop abroad on medical tourism to have very simple surgeries done at a very high cost whilst the same procedures are available at home with little stress and lower budget.
Kelina hospital has been reputed to have high-tech surgical equipment for endoscopic, lithotripsy, laser-based and laparoscopic surgeries and citizens could reduce expenses on their health by taking advantage of what is available here at home. One major advantage of taking treatment at home is that almost everyone requires follow-up care, especially after surgery.
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