The Urethral Stone patient undergoing laser surgery at the Modular Laboratory of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital ATBUTH Bauchi. Photo Murtala Muhammad/Radio Nigeria
By Murtala Muhammad
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi has successfully conducted its first laser surgery for a Urethral Stone patient.
Urethral stones are kidney stones in one of the ureters that connect a person’s kidney to the bladder.
The procedure which lasted for about one and a half hours was conducted by a team of surgeons led by a Evaristus Consultant Urologist, Dr. Eventus Uzoma Azodoh, from Urology Centre Abuja.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the procedure, the Consultant Urologist, Dr. Evaristus Azodoh said the patient had undergone what is called laser lithotripsy procedure, which uses high power laser to break and extract stone in the patient’s urethra.
This according to him, saves the patient from going through blade cuts and stitches that may take him or her two weeks in the hospital before discharge and would take a longer period to heal.
The Consultant Urologist who commended ATBUTH for acquiring the high power laser machine from the TEdfund through the ATBU, which can be used in general surgery, gynecology and Urology, expressed delight that the procedure conducted was a successful one.
In an interview, the Chief Medical Director ATBUTH Bauchi, Dr Jibril Yusuf said the hospital now has the capacity to offer such services, and in the long run ease the people of Bauchi and other states in the federation the burden of seeking such services elsewhere.
He appreciated ATBU Bauchi for the support in different areas especially procurement of the new state of the art high power laser machine as well as other equipment for efficient and effective service delivery.