Afe Babalola Multi-System Hospital, a new generation tertiary health centre with a mission to reverse the direction of medical tourism in Nigeria, has again successfully carried out its first functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).
This happened four months after it successfully performed three open heart surgeries/interventions.
The procedure was carried out on a young lady with recurrent growth in the nostrils with an extension to all the sinuses. She was diagnosed as having a case of Antrochoanal Polyp with Pansinusitis.
According to a statement by the Head of Corporate Affairs of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Tunde Olofintila, the patient had a successful surgical procedure arising from the use of minimally invasive technique (FESS) with the advantage of short hospital stay and with minimal intra-operative blood loss.
The beauty of the treatment was that the patient was discharged after an overnight admission for recuperation.
By this successful FESS, ABUAD’s Multi-System Hospital has positively demonstrated its ability and capability to use this technique as a result of which Nigerians no longer need to travel abroad for the sake of undergoing the FESS.
The surgery is a procedure for the treatment of Sinus disease and restoration of the functions of the paranasal sinuses, using tiny telescopes mounted on cameras and tiny instruments.
The development of high resolution telescopes, camera systems, medical imaging systems and instrumentations has propelled FESS to the gold standard in the management of sino-nasal diseases.
The paranasal sinuses are air-filled spaces lined by mucosa within the bones of the face around the nose.
They help to keep the skull light and assist with nasal breathing and smelling.
Diseases of these sinuses often lead to head or facial pains, facial congestion and heaviness, loss of sense of smell and impaired taste, among others.
Prior to the advent of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, patients having sinus surgeries have had to undergo extensive surgeries involving incisions through the face or oral cavities.
These surgeries are associated with extensive tissue dissection, significant blood loss and the attendant post-operative pains, prolonged hospitalisation and facial scars.


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