The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH)has over the weekend carried out its first surgery to remove brain tumor by making use of a drilling machine that drills the skull to gain access to and remove the tumor.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr. Origoya Peter Binitie, the lead neurosurgeon in the operation said, “It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a posterior fossa tumor. We used the C-Arm machine to drill the skull bone so as to see what is behind even while facing the front of the head.
“In the past, we had to open the brain which was always risky and led to deaths because the brain is delicate.
“Half of her face was affected and she could not hear with the ear affected,’’ he explained, adding that the operation was a combined effort by neurosurgeons, Ear-Nose-Throats (ENT), surgeons and the Anaesthetists.
The neurosurgeon described the tumor as an abnormal growth of tissue outside the brain stem.
He explained further that, “In the past, we used X-rays to ascertain the position of every part of the head; that involved moving the X-ray machine up and down to, and from, the theatre.
“That process usually takes a longer time and will not give us the position of a bone or the tissue in real time. But with the new machine, it is very quick and saves more than two hours.
“With the new device, we can easily get the picture in motion. While the X-ray is static and one must wait for results, the new device is a kind of video where one can see the picture in motion, instead of static motion.
“The new device is also more accurate, can tell you exactly where you are and saves cost because you spend less time on anaesthesia which minimise the money you pay for that particular service.
“We can also ease our job by taking the picture up, down, front, back or sideways.”
Binitie, who was the first neurosurgeon from the northern part of the country has been in service since 1974.
He revealed the cost of surgery in JUTH is 300,000 Naira, adding it cost several millions of Naira in other hospitals and even more outside the country.