Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Successfully Undertakes A Historic First Of Its Kind 10-Hour Surgery


It’s always an amazing thing to have positive stories coming out of the health sector.

Especially when we keep hearing negative stories of nurses attitude, no bed and inadequate hospital supplies.

Well, we are excited to tell you about this healthcare milestone that occurred at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Surgeons at the hospital performed a rare surgery for the first time in Ghana and West Africa last Friday (21st June 2019)

According to Kobby Blay, who works at the hospital, the procedure which is known as HIPEC (Hyperthermic (or Heated) Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy) is an alternative, innovative method of delivering Chemotherapy (cancer treatment).

Unlike traditional cancer treatment that is delivered through the veins, HIPEC delivers chemotherapy directly into the abdomen, making it a good option for advanced cancers that originated in or have spread to the abdominal cavity.

Meaning the type of cancer that affect area of the body containing the stomach and all the intestines.

The procedure, which benefited a 65 year old man, took about ten hours to sucesfully complete. It was performed by a team of Ghanaian surgeons, anesthetists and theatre nurses, Kobby Blay said.

Below are photos documenting this historic medical procedure:

Photo credit: Kobby Blay

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  1. cool.. some stories we all need to hear as a country. Thanks!!.. the spelling of ‘successfully’. Pls editors do your work well.

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