The Heart Centre at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) has successfully performed the country’s first coronary artery bypass surgery, a surgery done on a beating heart.
Coronary artery bypass surgery is a very complex heart procedure that involves redirecting the blood around the blocked or narrow parts to make sure the heart gets the blood it needs.
In a statement by the hospital, a 70-year-old retired teacher and a 67-year-old businesswoman were two patients among six others who underwent complex surgical procedures at the hospital.
The groundbreaking procedure was published in a post on X (formerly Twitter) by the hospital on November 17, 2023, marking a historic moment in Ghana’s healthcare landscape.
The skilled medical team at UGMC who performed the surgery are; Prof. Enoch Akowuah, Dr. Baffoe Gyan, Dr. Gordon Offei-Larbi, Prof. Andrew Owens and Dr. Ernest Ofosu Appiah was the anesthetic present.
Below is the full statement by the UGMC: