Interventional radiologist treatment advocated

Ghana’s Endovascular and Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Benjamin Dado Sarkodie, has advocated an improved surgery which speeds the rate of patients’ recovery.

According to him, interventional radiology treatment which was not known to some medical doctors, was less painful and did not involve cutting of the human body, compared to conventional surgical operation is the best form of surgery.

“Interventional radiology treatments are now first-line care for a wide variety of conditions and it has become important that patients get a second opinion and know all of the treatment options before consenting to any procedure or surgery,” he said.

He said this at the second Ghana Interventional Radiology conference, organised by the Ghana Society of Interventional Radiology in Accra yesterday.

Dr. Benjamin Dado Sarkodie, who is currently the only Ghanaian Endovascular Interventional Radiologist, therefore called for education intensification of the new advancement in medicine.

Dr. Sarkodie, who is also a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry said he had used the improved surgery procedure to treat his patients’ for the past two years.

He said some Ghanaians had lost their lives to surgeries because of the reliance on conventional surgeries which worsened the plight of some patients, adding, “some have even lost their limbs to diabetic related ailment because amputating their legs were the only option available and families have had to live with the pain”.

“In the past people who have diabetes and have certain wounds or non healing ulcers on their legs had their legs amputated or chopped off surgically to save their lives but with interventional Radiology we can open up some vessels to restore blood flow and save their limbs,” he said.

“Women with blocked fallopian tubes and cannot give birth, we are able to open the tubes up and increase their chances of getting pregnant, he said

Dr. Sarkodie said the benefits of interventional radiology was that patients get shorter stay in the hospital, in some cases patients could go home immediately after some of the procedures, adding that a fibroid patient could be treated to go back to work in three days without cuts, wound or scars.

He advised the government to train more doctors in interventional radiology.

He said fortunately, some new equipment have been installed at the Cardio Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the new University of Ghana Hospital.

Interventional Radiology (IR), also known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) or surgical radiology is an independent medical specialty, which was a sub-specialty of radiology until recently that uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures like; X-rays, MRI, CT, ultrasound and other imaging modalities to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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