Peace and Love Hospital and Derry Court Medical Practice in collaboration with Dr. Samuel Amanamah, a Sexopathologist with Kumasi South Hospital, has performed the first penile implant surgery by in Ghana.
The surgery which took place at Peace and Love Hospital, was done by a four member team comprising; Dr Amanamah, Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Kofi Owusu Gyimah and Esther Antwi.
The Sexopathologist, who led the team as the first Ghanaian was elated and remarked that “it was a dream come true that Ghanaians can now access this treatment in Ghana”
Erectile dysfunction is a silent “emotional killer” which plaques half of men between 40 – 70 years. It has been the cause of disharmonies in marriages, culminating in divorce and arguably may result in depression and ultimately affect the work productivity of individual sufferers.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that only about 10 percent of patients seek professional help although orthodox medicine can confidently say that all men with erectile dysfunction can be treated.
Surgical intervention (Penile Implant surgery) is considered the definitive treatment when all forms of treatment fail. The procedure which is about two hours long surgery with a hospital stay of between two to seven days comes with a small incision which is virtually invisible after healing.
The advantage of this surgery is that patients who successfully undergo this resume a normal sexual life with their partners. They can also have as many children as they want; if prior to surgery they were fertile, the Sexopathologist said.
Dr Amanamah advised the public to see erectile dysfunction as a disease like any other disease (malaria, typhoid etc.) and seek professional help and desist from just shopping around for the latest drug in town.
He said, “there is always a cause for erectile dysfunction and sometimes by just simply eliminating the cause, erection improves naturally”.
He advised health personnel not to ignore or downplay the concerns of patients with Erectile Dysfunction because for every one patient who comes with erectile dysfunction there are nine of such patients who could not report.
Amongst the chief reasons for lack of seeking professional help is ignorance about the availability of treatment in orthodox medicine and lack of courage to report it at the hospitals whenever they visit the hospital.
Dr. Samuel Amanamah was glad that finally, definitive treatment for erectile dysfunction is available in Ghana and has come to stay.