Kenyan Medics Perform First Successful Penile Implant Surgery

Kenyan Medics Perform First Successful Penile Implant Surgery (News Central TV)

Surgeons at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) successfully performed a penile implant procedure to treat the condition, a first in the region.

The operation was performed on a man in his 40s who had struggled with impotence for several years and had attempted several treatments without success.

Experts say erectile dysfunction or impotence is a taboo subject among many men though it is a common problem in Kenya.

Doctor Ahmed Yousef, a consultant urologist and the lead surgeon at the AKUH, explained that the entire procedure took about an hour and involved implanting a prosthesis device in the penis.

Penile implant surgery are useful especially for men with erectile dysfunction or impotence

“The advantage of this surgery is that the man can have intercourse anytime they like without using medication.”  

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Yousef also highlighted that the tests conducted on the patient, including a penile doppler ultrasound, showed that he had been struggling with a “severe venous leakage” and that is why an implant was the ideal treatment for him.

“Through this procedure his erectile dysfunction condition has been treated. If he had an issue with premature ejaculation, it will also be treated by this procedure,” he said.

This was the first time this procedure was conducted in the region because it requires rare specialised expertise, a sub-specialty in urology.

“The man can now have sex with a woman whenever he wants as long as he wants in any style he wants wherever he wants and the success rate is 95-97 per cent,” Yousef said. He added: “The procedure costs about Sh800,000 to Sh1 million.”

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AKUH experts estimate that about one in every five of men in Kenya suffer from erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation and many of them suffer in silence due to the nature of the problem.

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