Life-saving surgeries performed on seven patients.
An elderly Bahraini man, aged over 90, and six others suffering from acute urological conditions underwent complex life-saving surgeries at the country's main hospital.
The sophisticated procedures were conducted by Professor Murad Arsalan, who is a Turkey-based endoscopic urological procedure expert, at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).
The patients, who also included one with sickle cell anaemia, underwent the laproscopic procedure that did not involve the conventional process of surgically opening the abdomen.
"These were highly risky procedures, especially the one done on the Bahraini man who was aged above 90 years, with a renal tumour," SMC surgical department chairman and consultant vascular surgeon Dr
Rani Al Agha told the GDN. "By not resorting to the conventional surgery, we limited the risk and also reduced the chance of morbidity after surgery, as well as in terms of feeling pain and complications to the
respiratory system. "The same applied to all the others including a sickle cell patient - all of them are recovering well.
"These procedures take lesser hospital stay time and also the patients don't have to travel abroad, which means they are a lot more comfortable with their families around them."
Professor Arsalan was flown in by the Health Ministry under a scheme to bring in expert medics and limit overseas treatment for Bahraini patients.
"He assessed 12 cases of which he chose seven which were the most complicated with urological problems," added Dr Al Agha.
"The conditions of the patients included renal tumours, congenital malformation and tightening of kidney, pelvis and ureter, and tumours involving the adrenal glands and prostrate.
"During his visit, Professor Arsalan also delivered lectures on advanced urological surgical procedures.
"This scheme also helps in training Bahraini doctors in these complex and sophisticated procedures."
The GDN reported in 2016 on a Cabinet decision to bring in experts to reduce unnecessary spending after it was revealed that sending Bahrainis abroad for treatment cost the government BD25 million in the
previous year as treatment, flights and accommodation were paid for by the Health Ministry. The move followed a report by the Administrative and Financial Audit Bureau which criticised the system and pointed
out that in many cases the patient could have been treated in Bahrain, while more urgent cases requiring foreign expertise were made to wait.
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