History made! FMC Katsina performs first ever ‘total heap replacement’ surgery
The tertiary healthcare services in Nigeria has received a major boost following a successful “total heap replacement surgery’’ that was done on a 58-year-old patient in the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina.
This was disclosed to newsmen in the state by Dr Muhammad Salihu, who happens to be the Orthopaedic Consultant and the Head of Orthopaedic Unit in the hospital.
According to Dr. Salihu, it was the first and successful heap replacement surgery performed by the centre.
He said that the patient had “’avascular necrosis of the femoral head affecting left heap joint’’.
“The head of the heap joint is completely eroded and that the cartilage has been damaged causing the collapse of a head of the heap joint.
“The patient developed significant pain and inability to perform daily activities,’’ Salihu said.
He explained that the medical team removed the joint completely and replaced it with an artificial one.
“The surgery took us two hours, we thank Allah for the successful operation,’’ he said.
Mr Salihu assured that the centre has the capacity to handle such cases.
The consultant said that the centre is offering highly competitive and affordable cost for the surgery compared to charges made by other health institutions within and outside the country.
“The work can last for more than 25 to 30 years,’’ he said.
He revealed that the problem may be caused by trauma, patients with sickle cell anaemia, TB, joint infections, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, among others.