Lagoon Hospitals Announces Surgery for the Future

15 April, 2013

Lagoon Hospitals Announces Surgery for the Future

On Wednesday 17th April 2013, Lagoon Hospitals held a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme to update on their upgraded surgical strategy, which was launched back in 2010. The teams driving this strategy are led by eminent UK-trained Nigerian specialists and distinguished in-house surgeons. Focused areas include minimal invasive procedures (Laparoscopy and Endoscopy) in General Surgery and Gynaecology while Orthopaedic Surgery has focused on joint replacements, bone reconstructions and keyhole or arthroscopic surgery. These services have been well supported with an upgraded Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Speaking at the press conference which was held for the event, Mrs Folashade Laoye, Chairman of Hygeia Nigeria Limited, noted that this initiative which was launched in 2010, continues to encourage the retention of a portion of the significant healthcare spend which is being taken out of the country.


Orthopaedic Surgery

She explained further ‘Over the last few years, an area of major development is Joint Replacement and major bone reconstructive surgery (Orthopaedics)’. Lead consultant is Dr Segun Abudu, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, who is on sabbatical to Lagoon Hospitals, specializes in Major Joint Reconstructive Surgery and Orthopaedic Oncology, and runs regular orthopaedic clinics for back and neck pain, joint pains and particularly hip and knee pain, and any other deformities.” Dr Abudu said “We at Lagoon Hospitals have the facilities to perform all forms of surgical procedures including hip and knee replacements, keyhole surgery for the knee (arthroscopy) bone replacements with modern options correction of deformities using techniques that only possible at very few specialised hospitals in the United Kingdom and USA. In addition and in an effort to promote basic health knowledge among Nigerians, we launched the Joint Pain School the first of its kind in Nigeria, aimed at educating the general public on why human joints become painful at certain times and with age, how to prevent joints being painful and what treatment options are available for when joints are painful’.

The Joint Pain School is free of charge and holds every last Wednesday of the month at Lagoon Hospitals, Apapa.


General Surgery

Also commenting at this laudable event on the aspect of surgery, Dr Jimi Coker, Group Clinical Adviser and Chief of Surgery at Lagoon Hospitals said “Apart from Laparoscopy, with minimally invasive technique, advanced surgery is also being carried out’.

Dr Coker, Consultant General Surgeon with special interest in Endoscopy and Laparoscopic surgery was up until a year ago on sabbatical from Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust, but now takes the lead to pioneer this procedure.

He runs clinics performing diagnostic endoscopy on conditions such as stomach pains, hemorrhoids (piles), lower and upper stomach pains and specific conditions like cancer. Lagoon Hospitals have new state of the art equipment to do a variety of key-hole operations as well as open operations on these patients.

Dr Coker went on to explain “Over the last few years, the hospital has invested heavily in state of the art equipments for all major surgical techniques, including operating theatres as well as a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The Orthopaedic Unit is equipped to handle emergencies and care of the multiple or critically injured at any time. There is a first class intensive care unit and a high dependency unit. The multi disciplinary team includes consultant orthopaedic surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, skilled physiotherapists, anesthetists, plaster technicians, radiologists and nurses”.


Intensive Care Unit/Higher Dependant Unit

In Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the unit is equipped with the most advanced monitoring and life support equipment in Nigeria. Complex surgical procedures can now be safely performed and very sick patients cared for because of the excellent support provided by the ICU.

Dr Segun Akinnirayne, FRCA, FFICM Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Founding Fellow Faculty of Intensive care Medicine United Kingdom and Head of ICU/HD explained ‘The unit is staffed by a team of specialist nurses, intensivists, specialist surgeons, physicians and gynaecologists. We have one of the best nurses to patient bed ratios in the country. This makes us well equipped to look after both adults and children suffering from severe, life threatening illnesses and multi-organ failure with good outcomes.

ICU is a 6 bed unit and High Dependant Unit (HDU) which is a step-down from ICU is a 4 bed unit in Lagoon Hospitals, Apapa.


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Kunle Ajayi, Lead Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology explained ‘The upgraded surgical strategy has been of immense benefit to Gynaecological practice at Lagoon Hospital. We are now able to carry out simple and complex Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures. We also treat women with conditions like endometriosis and ovarian cysts using key-hole surgery. Our state of the art Colposcopy services allow us to diagnose cervical cancers early wherefore improving the chances of curative surgery.

In-house gynaecologists are also exposed to further training locally and abroad in order to be able to make this strategy sustainable.

In July, we should be starting dedicated gynaecological clinics in Victoria Island and Apapa. These clinics will be reserved entirely for patients presenting with infertility, pelvic pain, and menstrual disturbances. This cohort of patients will then be able to access our laparoscopy and hysteroscopy services.

Professor Bashir Akande, General Surgeon and Chairman of the event said ‘We see the future of surgery for Lagoon Hospitals only set to get better with the introduction of this upgraded surgical strategy’