May 26, 2022
The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi
  • A historic surgery to repair erectile dysfunction of a man in his 40s has been successfully carried out at a city hospital.

    In a statement released by Aga Khan Hospital on Thursday, February 17, the health facility noted that the surgery was not only one of a kind in Kenya but also in East and Central Africa.

    The hospital added that the patient had previously been put on different types of medication that were not very successful and that the delicate procedure was carried out by a specialised Urologist.

    The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.

    “Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi has performed a penile implant procedure to treat erectile dysfunction, a first in East and Central Africa.

    “This is the first time for this procedure to be conducted in the region because it requires rare specialised expertise, a sub-specialty in Urology,” read the statement in part.

    On his part, Dr Ahmed Yousef – who led a team of urologists to carry out the procedure – noted that the surgery took close to one hour.

    “The procedure takes about an hour and involves implanting a prosthesis device in the penis. The advantage of this surgery is that the man can have intercourse anytime they like without using any medication,†he revealed.

    Additionally, it was noted that the surgery would go a long way in helping men facing similar medical challenges.

    “Through this procedure, his erectile dysfunction condition has been treated. If he had issues with premature ejaculation, it will also be treated by this procedure,†he added.

    Yousef stated that the procedure will be extended to anyone facing erectile dysfunction, with the hospital estimating that over 15 per cent of men suffer from the medical condition.

    Erectile dysfunction is rarely talked about because of the societal shame that comes with the conversation. In Kenya, various reports indicate that most men affected by the condition are aged above 50 years. 

    “It is estimated that about 15 per cent to 20 per cent of men suffer from erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, many of whom suffer in silence due to the nature of the problem,†added the statement.

    The procedure is estimated to cost between Ksh800,000 to Ksh1 million. Consequently, Kenyans took to social media to marvel at the historic breakthrough that had been made.


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