On 13/Nov/2019 / In Articles
A Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Dr Abuchi Okaro, has said basic bariatric surgical knowledge is lacking in many African countries, calling for the need to bridge the gap.
Okaro spoke at the first West African bariatric surgery master class organised by Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital in Lagos. “Research has shown that obesity and diabetes-mortality related cases are prevalent in Africa. Bariatric surgery is a great way to address these issues, which is why I am passionate to transfer this knowledge.
“With this class, we hope to make a meaningful, yet practical contribution to assist in reducing obesity-related mortality rate among patients in Nigeria and across Africa.”
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Tosin Majekodunmi, said the class showcased the hospital’s commitment to breaking boundaries in the medical industry. “By helping consultants learn the latest techniques from the best hands in the field, we are redefining the health care industry in Nigeria and Africa at large.
“Bariatric or weight loss surgery comprises gastro-intestinal procedures such as the lap gastric bypass, lap sleeve gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) and biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). The procedures are performed through the minimally invasive (keyhole) route. This has the main advantage of resulting in less pain, quicker return to drinking, walking and less scarring. The surgery is specifically suited for individuals who need to achieve an amount of weight reduction that diet and exercise only cannot provide,” Majekodunmi said.
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