Endoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person’s body in other to diagnose diseases while laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows a surgeon to look inside the body without making a large incision. It is also used to examine the organs inside the abdomen. The Federal Medical Centre Bida has keyed into the former and the later and has been able to successfully carry out about two hundred and seventy-five (275) upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, thirty-eight (38) procedures with only three (3) conversions to open surgery among others, and has moved from diagnostic to therapeutic. The Medical Director Federal Medical Centre, Bida in his address expressed the hospital’s hope to achieve minimal access surgery for all the Centre’s surgical cases in the next few years and also pledged the Management’s unflinching support towards attaining success.
Speaking at the hospital forum, the team of Consultants who delivered lectures revealed that Doctors from the O&G department visited India for training as a way of improving the health care services of the Centre and is presently equipped with three (3) Gynecologic endoscopic surgeons with a functional team.
The Consultant further stated that the department is also equipped with laparoscopic removal of IUCD, Ovarian drilling, tubal ligation, and Cystectomy.
One of the team of presenters noted that minimal access Surgery is the way to go now because of its gains. He reiterated that this form of surgery has been a major success with less trauma and a small incision. The team said that the Hospital has also improved on the number of days Patients stay on admission after the procedure, Patients stay 3-4 days on Hospital bed, however, the team is working tirelessly to achieve Patient’s discharge within 24 hours after each procedure.
The team of Consultants who made presentations during the forum highlighted some of the benefits of minimal access surgery which include:
- Reduced metabolic response to trauma
- Faster recovery
- Easily dictate any form of growth
- Stones can also be removed through endoscopy
- Discover things that are capable of causing kidney failure in children
- Improved diagnosis
- Less wound
- Less pain
In conclusion, the Head of Clinical Services Research and Training applauded the Management for the installation of efficient and effective machines and equipment to aid the process.