The University of Ghana (UG) Medical Centre has achieved a significant medical milestone by successfully conducting the first-ever Coronary Artery Bypass on a beating heart in Ghana. This groundbreaking achievement took place at the University of Ghana Medical Centre’s Heart Centre, where two patients, both over 65 years of age, underwent this innovative cardiac surgical procedure.
The surgical team, comprised of Prof Enoch Akowuah, Dr Baffoe Gyan, Dr Gordon Offei-Larbi, and Prof Andrew Owens, exhibited exceptional skill and expertise during the procedure. Dr. Ernest Ofosu Appiah played a crucial role in ensuring the patients’ comfort and safety as part of the anesthesia team. The two individuals who underwent this historic surgery were a 70-year-old retired teacher and a 67-year-old businesswoman.
These heart surgeries were part of a broader initiative, with a total of six patients undergoing complex cardiac surgical procedures at the University of Ghana Medical Centre. The success of this groundbreaking Coronary Artery Bypass on a beating heart represents a significant advancement in cardiac care in the country.
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In another remarkable achievement, a Ghanaian medical team at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital successfully performed the first kidney transplants in the country. This groundbreaking procedure, carried out on July 4 and 5, 2023, marked a crucial step forward in addressing kidney failure and saving lives. The team, comprised of doctors, anaesthetists, and nurses, showcased their high level of expertise, underscoring the capabilities of the medical personnel at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
These medical milestones not only reflect the growing expertise within Ghana’s healthcare system but also highlight the commitment of medical professionals to advancing and expanding the scope of healthcare services in the country. The successful execution of these complex procedures speaks to the dedication and proficiency of Ghana’s medical community in providing cutting-edge medical care to its citizens.
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