LASUTH begins LASER treatment for kidney stones

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja has again led public health institutions, as it successfully performed its first LASER Lithotripsy on October 28.

LASUTH now has a full upper tract endoscopic and LASER facility, which can be accessible by the residents of Lagos State and its environs.

The Professor of Urology, LASUTH, Prof. Stephen Ikuerowo, said the LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) treatment would save patients the pain of opening up their Upper Urinary Tract during surgery.

He said the LASER treatment is deployed through the urinary tract of the patient where the stone is broken and flushed out.

Ikuerowo confirmed that LASUTH is the first public hospital to deploy LASER treatment for kidney stones in Lagos, and arguably in Nigeria.

Speaking about the cost implication of the treatment, he noted that the treatment in hospitals outside Nigeria takes a huge chunk from patients’ finances. However, comparatively, patients in LASUTH will pay less than half of what obtains in private hospitals in the country.

A Consultant Urologist at the Unit, Dr. Oluwaseun Akinola, explained what this new development means for the health care system in Lagos and Nigeria.

He said: “Before now, the care for kidney stones had not been readily accessible, but the current management of LASUTH, under the leadership of the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, has now made it possible, as the first surgery was carried out today by a complete team of local health professionals. He pointed out that this new development for patients would mean, access to more affordable health care, less scars and a faster recovery rate that allow patients to leave for home in two days.”

Dr. Akinola, therefore, encouraged the public to care for themselves by making it a habit to drink at least three litres of water on a daily basis, since 90 per cent of kidney stone cases are caused by dehydration.

He advised them to reduce salt intake and generally maintain a healthy lifestyle. He further enjoined them to visit the hospital immediately they feel abnormal pains because if left untreated, kidney stones can develop into serious diseases that may cause total kidney collapse and eventual loss.

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