A team of six surgical Zambian doctors have successfully conducted another Transhiatal Esophagectomy surgery at Ndola Teaching Hospital, a procedure that has now been done for a third time in the country.
Transhiatal Esophagectomy is an advanced surgery performed on people with a damaged Esophagus that results in inability to swallow.
The Oesophagus is the organ that connects the mouth to the stomach.
The operation was conducted on a 31 year old man of Chikankata District, Southern Province.
The patient is alleged to have accidentally ingested acid about 11 months ago and has difficulties in swallowing solid foods and then later could not swallow liquid foods.
Ndola Teaching Hospital Public Relations Officer Sheona Kamwendo said the patient had been feeding through a tube that was passed through the abdomen directly into intestines since.
“In our quest to offer quality health services, our Surgical team has continued making strides by conducting more complicated surgeries. The patient is currently recuperating well at Ndola Teaching Hospital,” She stated.
The surgical team comprised Dr. Seke Kazuma, Dr. Patrick Musonda, Dr Bright Chirengendure, Anaesthetist Dr Mbangu Mumbwe, Scrub Nurse Tina Makwaza and runner Kaira Nankonde.