A Ghanaian doctor at a hospital in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Dr. Samuel Amanamah, has successfully carried out Ghana’s first penile implant, here in the country.
According to reports from the Peace and Love Hospital, this is the first penile implant surgery in Ghana, with Dr Amanamah and his team being the first Ghanaian doctors to carry out such surgery in the country.
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Here are other facts to note about Ghana’s first penile implant:
1. Where the surgery took place
The surgery, which took place at the Peace and Love Hospital, Kumasi, in collaboration with the Derry Court Medical Practice.
The operation was carried out by a 4 member team; Dr. Samuel Amanamah, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Mr. Kofi Owusu Gyimah, Madam Esther Antwi.
Dr. Samuel Amanamah, who led the team was elated and remarked that “this was a dream come true, that Ghanaians can now access this treatment in Ghana.”
Erectile dysfunction is a silent “emotional killer” which plaques half of men between age 40 – 70 years. It is estimated that only about 10% of patients seek professional help although orthodox medicine practitioners confidently say that all men with erectile dysfunction can be treated.
Dr. Amanamah advised the public to see erectile dysfunction as a disease like any other disease (Malaria, Typhoid etc.) and seek professional help and desist from just shopping around for the latest drug in town.
He had earlier on, warned patients to desist from using bitters and other forms of aphrodisiacs in treating the problem as this could result in some other grave health conditions.
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According to Dr. Amanamah, “there is always a cause for Erectile Dysfunction and sometimes by just simply eliminating the cause, erection improves naturally.”
He also advised health personnel not to ignore or downplay the concerns of patients with Erectile Dysfunction, because, for everyone patient who comes with such problem there are nine of such patients who could not report.
Penile implant, professionally known as Penile Prosthesis, is a surgical and alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction. It is considered as the definitive treatment when all forms of treatment fail.
The surgery involves the implantation of a pair of malleable (bendable) rods within the erection chambers of the penis. The procedure which takes about two hours to complete, in addition with a hospital stay of between 2-7 days, comes with a small incision which is virtually invisible after healing.
According to experts, the advantage of a penile implant is that, patients who successfully undergo it, resume a normal sexual life with their partners. They can also have as many children as they want; if prior to surgery they were fertile.
Dr Samuel Amanamah is a Sexopathology and Urology specialist at Kumasi South Hospital.
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