Nigeria’s Reddington Hospital Group Performs The First Keyhole Prostate Surgery Within Sub-Saharan Africa.

Having successfully conducted the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in Sub-Saharan Africa, Reddington Hospital has once again proven to be a hospital with high quality and affordable healthcare services.

A Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy is a surgery that is done to remove a patients cancerous prostate. In contrast to traditional open surgery, five small incisions are made instead of one large one during this procedure. As a result, there is less bleeding, less abdominal trauma, a faster recovery time, and better cosmetic outcomes.

With the new technique being performed, the patient will not take more than 2 days to recover and be discharged as compared to the former technique where the patient will need weeks to recover from the surgery.

Professor Kingsley Ekwueme, a Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon and Clinical lead surgeon at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales, the United Kingdom who led the surgery stated that prostate cancer was more prevalent amongst black men than white men despite the figures showing higher rates in Europe countries and America due to the higher rate of testing. In addition to this, he states that prostate cancer is the number one killer among Nigerian men, followed by breast cancer among women. Approximately 9 out of 10 homes have at least one male suffering from prostate cancer, he says hypothetically.

Ekwueme urges men above the age of 40 to go for regular testing to know their PSA (Prostate – Specific Antigen) level as early detection will ensure better chances of survival for the patient.

The patient, an elderly man (names withheld), who went through the Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy says that he was highly pleased at the surgery’s success, further noting that he could walk, eat and felt better immediately after the surgery. “Although I have the resources to go abroad for this surgery, I came to Reddington Hospital on recommendation and I am very satisfied”, he says.