A Ghanaian surgeon with the Kumasi South Hospital, Dr Samuel Amanamah, has led a team to perform the first penile implant surgery in the country.
Dr Amanamah, a specialist Sexopathologist, led a four-member team to perform the operation on a 55-year-old man who had been suffering from severe erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. The other members of the team are Dr (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Mr Kofi Owusu Gyimah and Madam Esther Antwi.
After the operation, the patient has started having erection strong enough to have sex. The procedure comes with a small incision which is virtually invisible after healing.
The surgery, which was carried out at the Peace and Love Hospital was supported by Breast Care International and the Derry Court Medical Practice.
Hope for the weak
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Dr Amanamah described the surgery as a success and a dream come true, adding that the breakthrough had afforded Ghanaians the opportunity to access treatment of the condition in the country.
“There is hope for men in Ghana with erectile dysfunction so people should stop resorting to aphrodisiacs and seek proper medical help since those aphrodisiacs may worsen their conditions,” he said, adding: “No condition is hopeless.”
Dr Amanamah said erectile dysfunction was a condition that came with serious matrimonial challenges, with some patients threatening to commit suicide.
“The stories we hear in our consulting room are not good. Now it is the women who are coming to report about their men,” he said.
According to Dr Amanamah, the treatment was only done after a patient had exhausted all the required medications without success.
He indicated that erectile dysfunction was a big issue for some men in the country, adding that there were more patients waiting to undergo the procedure.
“This is an operation we do and you are able to restore your sexual function and for so many years to come, the patient will not have a problem with erection,” he said.
The sexopathologist said all the patients on his waiting list had tried all available medical treatments without success, thereby compelling the hospital to perform the implant operation.