Orthopaedic experts at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara have recorded another milestone in performing a hip replacement surgery, precisely six weeks after achieving a similar feat in knee replacement.
The operation was done on a 29-year-old Ete Erueyin on Thursday, 5th July, 2012.
According to Professor Godwin Iwegbu who led the team of experts in the operation, hip replacement medical condition is usually for those aging but revealed that the surgery was necessary for young Erueyin because of the high level of damage of his hip bone resulting from the steroids he received for the bronchial asthma he suffered.
He explained that damage to hip joint is characterised by severe pains, tilted body posture, difficulty in sitting, standing and most of all walking, even short distances as was the case of Erueyin.
He said that the surgery was done without bone cement, usually required for older persons, adding that with about half a million naira such operation could be done in DELSUTH as against the over four million naira if done abroad.
Prof. Iwegbu, an international consultant surgeon in orthopaedics said the operation was made possible by the State Governor’s wise decision of contracting practising Medical Doctors in Diaspora of which he is one, praising Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for the many health care strides in the State towards improving health care services.
He urged Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general to desist from seeking medical help from quack bone setters as they do more harm than good, saying that their methods of treatment most times involve the cutting of the human body with the use of razor blades which allow the entry of harmful germs thus causing major bone destruction.
Mr Ete Erueyin, the hip replacement patient from Ifie town in Warri South Local Government Area, clearly overjoyed, said that with the use of his legs again, he would be productive as his condition caused him his job at Escravos, and higher education in the Delta State University, Abraka.
He thanked God for the team of Surgeons for the successful operation and the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for creating the avenue, noting that he could now conveniently sit, stand and walk.
On his part, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of DELSUTH, Dr Leslie Akporare, said the drive is to make the Teaching Hospital not just a health care hub but also a centre for medical tourism in line with the vision of Dr. Uduaghan led administration.
Dr Akporare, who was represented by his second in command in the institution and Chairman, Management Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr. Kevwe Inikori, a Consultant Radiologist, posited that with the availability of more world class facilities and medical experts in DELSUTH, the scourge of seeking medical help abroad by Nigerians, especially Deltans in conditions affecting bone and kidney would be a thing of the past.
Dr Akporare also revealed that training and re-training of medical doctors, nurses and by extension pharmacists would continue, recalling the occasion where all the surgeons in DELSUTH were sent to Dubai for training by His Excellency, the Governor in the recent past.
He added that the management of the Hospital would soon be concluding the process of collaborating with prostheses manufacturing companies to put an end to buying by patients before operation and expressed optimism that DELSUTH would get there with the presence of the Diaspora Doctors and Nurses and the maintaining of world class practices.
It will be recalled that on the 24th of May, 2012, a major medical feat was recorded in DELSUTH when a hitch free knee replacement operation was performed on a 74-year -old Pa Thomas Akhalumemo from Edo State.