First Endoscopic surgery goes underway at the Regional Hospital Bamenda
The joy of having a child is the desire of every woman but in some cases infertility prevents some women from hearing the cry of a baby in their lives. Infertility is caused by failure to ovulate, problems with the menstrual cycle, structural problems with the reproductive system, infections, failure of an egg to mature properly or implantation failure, some of which lead to blockage of the fallopian tubes. In this case there is always need for a surgery to be carried out to repair the damaged tubes.
With advancement in the field of medicine and given that present-day clients want surgeries that are less invasive, the Regional Hospital Bamenda is proud to have two experts in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics, Dr Pisoh Dobgima Walters and Mbah Cypress, who are specialists in endoscopic surgery. Shortly after the surgery, the Website caught up with one of the surgeons, Dr Mbah Cypress, consultant and gynaecologist, who highlights the successes of the day's experience in the following words: "Today we inaugurated a new type of surgery, endoscopic surgery, in the regional hospital Bamenda, beginning first with the gynaecology department. Our case of today was a 28-year-old woman with a past history of pelvic abscess and 2-3 years after, she also had blocked tubes. the aim of the surgery was to repair the damaged tubes. The procedure we used was one commonly used for blocked tubes and infertility. Given that this was the first endoscopic surgery in the regional hospital Bamenda, we decided to invite a cross section of doctors and nurses to be part of the procedure. I feel elated because we were able to get into the abdomen. However, because of her past history, the adhesions were so many that access to the tubes was difficult. For this reason, the procedure we had planned could not be carried out. Nevertheless we succeeded to get the diagnosis that it as complete blockage of the fallopian tubes. The next option she could benefit from will be an in vitro fertilization (IVF). It is one of widely known types of assisted- reproductive technologies (ART). IVF works by using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help a sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilizer egg to get implanted in the uterus. It was a good start, I must say, and beginning with the gynaecology and obstetrics unit is to gain experience so we can in the future extend the services to other units."
In a chat with the Director of the Regional Hospital Bamenda, Dr Denis Nsame, he threw more light on endoscopic surgery, describing endoscopy as a procedure in which a doctor uses specialized instruments to view and operate on the internal organs and vessels of the body. It allows surgeons to see problems within the body without making large incisions. An endoscope is a flexible tube with an attached camera that allows your doctor to see all the procedures that are going on during surgery. He added that endoscopic surgery is not new and that it is a procedure used in cases such as closed abdominal surgery, infertility, ovarian cyst, uteroscopy, nonruptured ectopic pregnancy, to name but these few. Moreover, with endoscopic surgery there are lesser complications, lesser adhesions, reduced cost and reduced stay in the hospital because too much dressing is not required.
To conclude, Dr Denis Nsame appealed that patients be sensitised on this so that they can book appointments with the available specialists and get their cases sorted out so that they and their families can live healthy and happily.