Alliance hospital in Abuja has gone into history as the first private hospital to perform an open heart surgery with live satellite transmission in Nigeria.
The hospital is also the first to perform a modified Bentall Operation- a cardiac surgery operation involving composite graft replacement of the aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta, with re-implantation of the coronary arteries into the graft – in Nigeria.
Three other cases have been slated for this batch of operations at the hospital to replace a mitral valve, coronary artery bypass graft, and aortic valve repair.
Dr. Onyekwere Nzewi, the executive director of a UK charity that subsidized the surgery, Save A Heart Foundation said “It not common and it is unlikely to be commonly done in Nigeria. But most of these case are probably not been properly diagnosed in Nigeria because there are not many people that can intervene. Not every expert is an expert.”
Chief medical director of Alliance Hospital, Dr Christopher Otabor said the hospital’s partnership with the UK charity is expected to do 300 cases of open heart surgeries annually with a potential to increase.
According to the surgeons, it is expected that the patients make full recovery within seven days after the surgery and they will be discharged from the hospital.