Tristate healthcare systems, a private hospital in Lagos, has performed Nigeria’s first minimally invasive heart surgery. Minimally invasive heart su
Tristate healthcare systems, a private hospital in Lagos, has performed Nigeria’s first minimally invasive heart surgery.
Minimally invasive heart surgery is a term for procedures performed through one or more small chest incisions.
In contrast, open-heart surgeries use one long incision down the center of your chest.
The minimally invasive approach may offer less scarring and pain and a faster recovery.
Surgeons at the Tristate hospital led by renowned cardiologist and professor of medicine, Professor Kamar Tayo Adeleke, performed a coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) – off-pump, and mitral valve replacement on four different patients, while their hearts were still beating.
One of the patients was an 81-year-old woman who needed a valve replacement.
Adeleke said Tristate Healthcare had done over 120 normal open heart surgeries nationwide.
He said before the recent feat, Nigerians could only get life-saving minimally invasive heart surgeries in the West, India and South Africa.
“Now, we’re using techniques that have never been done in Nigeria. The first one is the minimally invasive heart surgery,” he said.
“Apart from the fact that it is minimally invasive, we also did not stop the heart. The heart was beating while the blood vessels were bypassed.
“As a Nigerian that loves Nigeria, you can’t be happier that Nigeria can really do this.
“Nigeria can come out of a mess. When Nigeria puts its mind to something, it becomes doable,” he added.
Adeleke, an alumni of Islamic High School, Orita Basorun, Ibadan, Oyo State, 1975 set precisely, chairs the Division of Cardiology at Benjamin Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University and doubles as a professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Babcock.
He is the President/CEO of Tristate Cardiovascular Institute and heads the Division of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory at University College Hospital, Ibadan.
He is the Founder/CEO of Tristate Healthcare system (THS) which manages Tristate Hospital Lekki, Babcock Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, Tristate Hospital Ibadan, amongst others.