First major prostate surgery performed at Linden hospital

first_imgThe Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) has recorded its first major prostate surgery, done by Urological Surgeon Dr Brian Niles on Wednesday last.Urological Surgeon Dr Brian NilesAccording to Dr Niles, the patient, a male diabetic, had an enlarged prostate that had been causing him difficulty in urinating, and he was suffering extreme pain due to multiple stones in his bladder, which were removed during the surgery.Dr Niles explained that the bladder stones were formed as a result of the patient’s inability to empty his bladder effectively. “He had two massive stones as well as a massively enlarged prostate. I’m sure it’s one of the biggest that I have ever done. The normal size of the prostate is about 30 to 40 grammes, and his was about 275 grammes. We transfused him 2 units of blood, and he’s stable and doing well,” Dr Niles explained.He added that the patient has since been able to urinate, and is presently recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the LHC, after which he is expected to be transferred into the hospital’s male ward.“We’re very excited for this type of development for the Linden community. I feel very confident in saying that we can do a lot for Linden in Linden, as far as Urology goes”, Dr Niles declared.He further stated that while resources are limited, he is confident that more can be achieved with the support of health officials.“Our resources may not be perfect, but we make use of what we have, and I think that with the continued support from the hospital administration and the Ministry of (Public) Health…I feel very confident that we would be able to provide as high a level of service, or even higher than what you may even see in Georgetown”, Dr Niles said.Urology services commenced at the hospital last November, and are conducted the second week of every month from Monday to Thursday, targeting both males and females of all ages.Dr Niles had said that one of the most common issues dealt with is prostate diseases, such as prostate cancer and prostate enlargement.Others include ‘stoppage of water’ due to enlarged prostate, kidney stones, and sexually-related issues in both men and women, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, total and urinary incontinence, among other urological disorders.The medical doctor graduated from the Howard University College of Medicine in 1987. He has done Internship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. His other qualifications include Urology Residency (4 years) at Howard University Hospital and Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. He has also worked in Trinidad and Tobago. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more