Nigerian Doctor Praised For His Success After Performing Major Robotic Surgery
Obinna Igwilo, a Nigerian doctor in the US set another standard in medicine, when he led a team of doctors to carry out a brilliant robotic surgery.
The Nigerian medical community is in high spirits, and rightly so. Because their colleague, a Nigerian doctor in the United States of America has scored a huge win in medical circles. According to reports, Dr. Obinna Chukwudi Igwilo, has performed a major robotic surgery in America.
What Medical Field Experts Think of The Nigerian Doctor and His Feat
Prominent Nigerians, including the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; president, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Faduyile; Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode; and former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Prof. Innocent Ujah, have commended Igwilo for the feat.
They expressed their hope that doctors in Nigeria would soon replicate such a procedure. So that people in areas where surgeons are scarce such as war-torn areas would benefit from it.
Who is Dr. Obinna Chukwudi Igwilo?
To know more about our stellar surgeon, see the list of facts below:
- Obinna Igwilo, MD is a general surgeon in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and is affiliated with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
- Igwilo had his internship at the Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; he also had his externship in the UK at Whipps Cross University Hospital. Obinna Igwilo hails from Abia state.
- Dr. Igwilo is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
- He performed the Fayetteville Veteran Affairs’ pioneer Robotic Surgery using the Da Vinci surgical technology in the United States.
What Is Robotic Surgery?
Unlike the more popular form of surgeries, robotic surgery technology uses minimal incisions to achieve a precise outcome.
The Da Vinci robot uses the most advanced technology available; enabling the surgeon to perform complex operations through a few tiny incisions, while increasing the surgeon’s vision, precision, dexterity, and control.
It also allows the surgeon’s hand motions to be translated into precise movements; all spread to four robotic arms working inside the patient’s body.
The feat represented a first for Fayetteville VA. But with Igwilo, who is one of the medical centre’s newest hires, it was a familiar procedure. This is because the stellar surgeon has been performing robotic surgeries since 2014.
He is board-certified in General Surgery with a special interest in endocrine surgery, robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic or minimally invasive/access surgery and endoscopic procedures.
Another Nigerian Doctor Performs Awe-Inspiring Surgical Feat
Meanwhile, another Nigerian Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye, had earlier in the year removed a foetus from the womb for surgery; and then returned the foetus back to the location. This Nigerian doctor is now a Surgeon-in-Chief at a U.S. hospital.
Olutoye co-led a team of 21 doctors that removed a sacrococcygeal teratoma - a large tumour that grows on the tailbone of a foetus. And then returned the 23-week-old foetus to the mother’s womb.
Because of this milestone, the Nigerian doctor leads one of the largest children’s hospital surgery departments in the world. He also serves as the primary surgical liaison between Nationwide Children’s and the OSU College of Medicine.
He was also appointed professor and E. Thomas Boles chair of pediatric surgery at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine.
We hope that more Nigerian doctors continue to make us proud in the diaspora. It is even more hoped that our doctors in Nigeria begin to pull off these laudable feats.
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