Surgeons in Action

A team of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons had on Thursday 19th June, 2019 conducted a successful first tympanoplasty operation at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) ENT department. The procedure lasted for three hours. It is known as tympanoplasty or middle ear construction surgery that separates the outer ear and the Middle ear. It is carried out with the use of endoscopy. The team led by a Consultant ENT surgeon Dr. Abdullahi Musa Kirfi ATBUTH, comprised of a visiting consultant ENT, Prof. Agida Samuel Adoga from Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and ENT nurse Rabiu Muhammed Abdulkadir. According to Dr. Kirfi other members of the team include anastheologists, porters and cleaners. The successful operation was on a 36 year old patient resident of the State capital, Bauchi, he has had a total tympanic main brain perforation due to recurrent ear discharge since his childhood. Dr. Abdullahi, in an interview with journalists in his office, a day after the surgery, said the tympanic main brain is caused by infection. Infections that cause this condition include among others; upper respiratory malnutrition, overcrowding, using a sharp object into the ear and improper child positioning by mothers during breast feeding. He called on the general public to report any ear abnormality they have to a certified health care center around them for proper medication. The patient has already been discharged and booked for follow up visits to examine how he recuperates.