‘Interventional radiology can move Nigeria’s health sector forward’

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Hammed Ninalowo is a United States-trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist with subspecialty in interventional oncology. He is the first U.S.-trained physician to offer the full spectrum of vascular and interventional radiology services in Nigeria. In this interview with C, Ninalowo speaks about access to minimally invasive therapies, medical tourism and how the medical sector can move forward in Nigeria. Excerpts:

You performed the first liver bypassed surgery without cutting, which is the first of its kind in this part of the world, how does it feel to be the first healthcare organisation to bring this procedure to Nigeria?

It is exciting to be able to perform the first trans-jugulars intrahepatic shunt (TIPS) procedure in Nigeria. With various techniques such as angiography, angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis, embolisation and ablation, we are happy to provide an alternative procedure for patients, one that is favourable for the patient.

This is the first TIPS procedure successfully performed in sub-Sahara Africa, otherwise known as a minimally invasive liver surgery carried out in EuraCare Multi- Specialist Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria.

The procedure is about creating a bypass; it is basically a liver bypass which is done by an interventional radiologist. A stent graft (tube) is paced to bypass the obstruction in the liver, bridging the portal vein and hepatic vein and the benefit is no cutting or major surgery is involved, but we do it in a tiny hole in the neck where the entire procedure is done instead of having a major surgery and the patient can go home about 12 hours later.

Other conditions can be treated with this procedure because it is applicable in any patients with a history of liver disease band portal hypertension which may be caused by Hepatitis B infection, alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty … Read More...