LUTH Achieves Medical Milestone with Thoracoscopy on 13-Day-Old, Unblocking Infant’s Food Passage

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Unprecedented Medical Milestone Achieved at The Lagos University Teaching Hospital

In a significant medical breakthrough, The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has successfully undertaken its first Thoracoscopy surgical operation. Our sources confirm that the surgery was carried out on a neonate, Dorcas Shola, who was just 13 days old. This procedure was conducted to remove obstructions in the baby’s food tubes, diagnosed shortly after her birth.

Understanding Thoracoscopy

Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique commonly used for diagnosing and treating issues related primarily to the lungs, oesophagus, and thymus gland. The highlight of this operation is the use of a thoracoscope, a flexible tube equipped with a light and camera at its tip, which provides a detailed view of the chest cavity without needing a large incision.

A Success Story of Life-saving Thoracoscopy Surgery

The operation performed at LUTH was specific, known as thoracoscopic primary repair of oesophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. This surgery was pivotal to the newborn’s survival. She was suffering from a life-threatening condition that hampered her ability to digest food. The evident symptoms of this condition were spillage of breast milk from the nostrils or mouth.

This ground-breaking surgery was made possible owing to the availability of avant-garde equipment funded by the Federal Government and the skill of our medical staff, featuring notably Dr. Felix Alakaloko, who led the operation.

The Joyful Mother Expresses Her Gratitude

Adeyinka Shola, the relieved mother of the patient, expressed deep gratitude for the success of the surgery – a first-ever in the history of the hospital. This noteworthy success fosters hope and sets a strong benchmark for the advanced medical capabilities of our healthcare system.

Paving the Way for Technological Advancements in Healthcare

  • The successful implementation of thoracoscopy surgery at LUTH marks a landmark advancement in medical history. It exhibits the leaps in technology we have made within the healthcare system.
  • This groundbreaking procedure also highlights the ability of our medical experts to deal with critical cases and demonstrates the potential to save countless lives in the future.
  • Most importantly, our success story brings a new ray of hope for those patients diagnosed with similar conditions and assures that expert treatment is available and accessible.