ABUAD performs first endovascular abdominal surgery in West Africa

MARCH 12, 2021

By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti

The Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital (ABUMSH) in Ado-Ekiti has successfully performed the first Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (EVAR) in Nigeria.

The procedure was carried out by the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team of experts, led by Dr. Hammed Ninalowo and assisted by Dr. Yemi Johnson and Dr. Dave Dhiren on a patient with abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The institution’s Corporate Affairs spokesman Tunde Olofintila, announced this in a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

The statement said prior to the breakthrough, EVAR had not been done anywhere else in Nigeria or in West Africa

“It, therefore, remains indisputable that this is the first time this procedure was carried out in Nigeria and possibly in West Africa. This highly sophisticated procedure can only be carried out in a facility like ABUAD Multi-System Hospital where state-of-the-art facilities are available for the required multi-disciplinary team comprising an interventional radiologist, cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon, nephrologist, anaesthesiologist and a functioning cardiac catheterisation laboratory, among others.

“By this successful operation, ABUAD Multi-System Hospital has again positively demonstrated its ability and capability to solve issues of AVER as a result of which Nigerians no longer need to travel abroad for their Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (EVAR), issues.

“Several other specialised surgeries that are not readily available in the country, such as open heart surgeries for repair of complex congenital anomalies and valve replacements, cardiac catheterisation with percutaneous coronary intervention, brain surgeries and repair of congenital and vascular malformation, among several others, are being carried out routinely in the hospital,” the statement said.

Other giant strides recorded by ABUSMH, it added, include “spine surgeries including correction of deformities, total joint replacement surgeries including revisions and adult reconstruction surgeries including correction of limb deformities, limb lengthening among several others are being carried out routinely in the hospital”.

SOURCE: THE NATION

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