In pursuit of medical excellence and better healthcare in Nigeria, Redddington Hospital Group, Lagos has raised the bar for quality and affordable healthcare delivery services in Nigeria with the successful conduct of the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove the patient’s cancerous prostate. Laparoscopic surgery differs from traditional open surgery by making five small incisions instead of one large to perform the surgery. This leads to less blood loss, less abdominal trauma, faster recovery rate and better cosmetic results.
A consultant in urologic and robotic surgery and clinical senior urology surgeon at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales, UK, Professor Kingsley Ekwueme, who collaborated with Reddington Hospital on the project, said the Prostate cancer is more prevalent among blacks than Caucasians, although figures show higher rates in Europe and the Americas due to high testing rates.
Ekwueme said prostate cancer is the number one killer in Nigerian men, followed by breast cancer in women.
Ekwueme said, “Collaboration with Reddington Hospital will reduce medical tourism and capital flight, as the hospital has the latest medical technology for laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, which is cheaper than robotic surgery but gives an equal result.
“It costs up to L30,000 for a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy session in the UK and the majority of Nigerian men have been its patients. This does not include the cost of flight for the patient and accompanying family member and accommodation.
“That’s a far cry from the equivalent of L1,000 charged in Nigeria for prostate surgery.”
He added that a prostate cancer patient duly operated on will not lose his erection and will be able to function very well with his spouse.
Ekwueme said a conversation is underway with Reddington Hospital to fully maximize the hospital’s medical equipment and expertise to establish a diagnostic and prostate cancer facility. He urged men over 40 to get regular tests to find out their PSA (prostate specific antigen) level as early detection will ensure the patient’s survival.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Reddington Hospital Group, Mr Emmanuel Matthews, said the facility has consistently invested in cutting-edge technology and attracted the best medical expertise in Nigeria and the Diaspora to ensure that the hospital maintains global best practices and ensures affordable healthcare. care.
Matthews said the Reddington Group has over the years been a pioneer of medical breakthroughs in Nigeria, such as 66-year-old Mr Oluwatoyin Adebiyi, who in 2020 successfully underwent complex heart surgery involving coronary bypass surgery and mitral valve repair.
The patient, an elderly man (names withheld), who underwent the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy said he was very happy with the success of the surgery, noting that he could walk and eat immediately after the surgery, and that he felt very good. “Although I have the resources to go overseas for this surgery, but I came to Reddington Hospital on a recommendation and I’m very happy with it,” he said.