Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical speciality utilising minimally-invasive procedures and medical imaging guidance. Our experts, Dr Tosin Majekodunmi and Dr Benjamin Sarkodie, are at the forefront of this specialised treatment method in West Africa.
Dr Tosin Majekodunmi is Euracare Nigeria’s Medical Director, Chief of cardiology, and interventional cardiologist specialising in adult and paediatric congenital and structural heart disease. Dr Tosin was determined to contribute to improving healthcare in his native Nigeria. He served as Tristate Cardiovascular Associates’ Chief of Structural Heart Disease from 2013 until joining Euracare in 2016.
Dr Benjamin Sarkodie is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons. In 2014, he was the recipient of the international scholar award program of the Society of Interventional Radiology and now serves as Euracare Ghana’s Medical Director, Head of Radiology. In addition to completing multiple fellowships at esteemed hospitals specialising in Endovascular and Interventional Radiology, Dr Benjamin was the first Interventional Radiologist in Ghana.
Why interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology is cost-efficient and reduces recovery duration, pain, and medical risk of patients who typically require conventional ‘open surgery’. Because of these benefits, IR has become the primary method of treating many health conditions. With continuous technological advancement, the treatments IR can successfully perform are advancing and expanding.
Besides the apparent benefits IR has on recovery time, Dr Hammed Ninalowo, a US-trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist practising at Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital Nigeria, also explains how Interventional Radiology can save patients from limb amputation caused by diabetic foot disease, peripheral arterial disease, and/or infection.
What can it treat
Interventional Radiology can treat:
- Narrowing/expanding of arteries
- Bleeding (haemorrhage)
- Blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism, PE)
- Dilated veins (varicose veins)
- Blocked veins
- Tumour therapies
- Uterine fibroids
- Kidney/gall stones
If you’re suffering from any of these diseases or require an expert diagnosis, visit our website to book an appointment or get in touch with one of our IR specialists.
Dr Hammed Ninalowo (Nigeria) – +234 700 3872 2273
Dr Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie (Ghana) +233 500 809 024
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder. Common symptoms include tremors, slowness of movement, stiff muscles, unsteady walking and balance, and coordination problems. The symptoms vary widely amongst individuals. Although there is no cure for the disease, there is a treatment that improves the quality of life and helps the person living with PD cope with the changes the body undergoes.
The disease usually starts out slowly and worsens over time. If you have Parkinson’s disease, you may shake, have muscle stiffness, and have trouble walking and maintaining your balance and coordination. As the disease worsens, you may have trouble talking, and sleeping, have mental and memory problems, experience behavioural changes, and have other symptoms. None of these changes are part of normal aging.
Who gets Parkinson’s disease?
About 50% more men than women get Parkinson’s disease. It is most commonly seen in persons 60 years of age and older. However, up to 10% of patients are diagnosed before age 50. Although very rare, it can occur in young adults and children.
Is Parkinson’s disease inherited?
Generally, Parkinson’s disease is sporadic, i.e. not inherited. There is some belief that some cases of early-onset Parkinson’s disease – disease starting before age 50 – may be inherited
How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is based on the clinical exam the doctor performs. There is no test for Parkinson’s disease. Your doctor will however run blood tests and a brain MRI to ensure that there is no other explanation for the symptoms you are experiencing.
7 April is World Health Day. It is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
*2 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water.
*829 000n peopledie from the diarrhoeal disease every year caused by polluted water and poor sanitation.
*3.6 billion people around the world don’t have safe toilets.
*9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air.
*Air pollution kills 13 people every minute.
*Tobacco kills 600 million trees and more than 8 million people every year.
We would like to take the opportunity and express our sincere gratitude for all the hard work, long hours, exceptional skills, compassion, and dedication you have put into this profession every day.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common and harmful: 1 out of 10 adult people worldwide have it, and if left untreated it can be deadly.
While early detection allows for disease care and management to help prevent morbidity and mortality, the knowledge gap is stifling the fight against kidney disease.
Adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle (access to clean water, exercise, healthy diet, and tobacco control) to maintain good kidney health, preserve kidney function longer in those with CKD, and increase overall general awareness of the importance of kidneys.
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you have a family member with kidney disease?
- Are you suffering from high blood pressure?
- Are you 60+?
- Do you have heart disease?
- African descent?
- A person can lose up to 80% of their kidney function without experiencing any symptoms.
Book your kidney function test already today!
World Obesity Day is observed on March 4, as an initiative that is directed towards the eradication of the global obesity crisis and to raise awareness about the implications of obesity.
Dealing with obesity has been one of the toughest public health challenges. Around 800 million people worldwide are victims of obesity. It’s a life-altering disease that heightens the chance of comorbidities and aggravates the risk of serious health problems.
Euracare has been at the forefront of pioneering procedures to manage obesity and established Bariatric and Metabolic Services. Euracare’s weight loss team comprises of bariatric surgeon, a bariatric anesthesiologist with expertise in intensive care and pain management, endocrinologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist (sleep specialist), psychologist, and clinical nutritionist. Find out more…
Dr Hammed Ninalowo, a US-trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist practicing at Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital Nigeria explains how Interventional Radiology can save patients from the amputation of limbs. Diabetic foot disease, mainly due to neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, and/or infection, often leads to ulceration and possible subsequent limb amputation.