Team of Ghanaian doctors perform first ever brain surgery without cutting the skull

Team of Ghanaian doctors perform first ever brain surgery without cutting the skull

In what is being described as a historic feat, a team of seven Ghanaians have successfully conducted a brain surgery in which they did not cut open the skull.

Reports available to have it that a seven-member team of Ghanaian doctors have successfully conducted a brain surgery at the Euracare Advanced Diagnostic and Heart Centre without cutting open the skull.

The historic feat at the private health facility in Accra was made possible after a two-hour surgery performed with modern equipment and computer software.

Daily Graphic reports that a minimally invasive brain surgery is a technique by which health workers safely remove brain and skull-base tumours through smaller and more precise openings that minimise collateral damage.

This is the first time such an operation has been done in Ghana.

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A section of the brain surgery team. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

The team of doctors were led by a radiologist, Dr Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie, who is also the Head of Radiology at Euracare.

The other doctors were from the Stroke Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Euracare.

Supported by a visiting interventional radiologist, Dr Itsvan Lazar from Hungary, the team performed an emergency minimally invasive surgery in the brain to stop bleeding for a condition medically known as subarachnoid haemorrhage.

The surgery was apparently done in the middle of March of 2019. But the doctors kept watch over the patient so as to be sure he would recuperate successfully.

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The other team of doctors were Dr Albert Akpaloo, a neurologist and Head of the Stroke Unit, Korle Bu; Dr Emmanuel Voado, a neurosurgeon; Dr Owusu Darkwa, an anaesthetist; Dr David Brodie-Mends and Dr Fiifi Duodo.

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