Urologist implants first artificial urethral sphincter surgery in The Bahamas
Dr. Greggory Pinto made history in The Bahamas when he conducted the first artificial urethral sphincter surgery at Doctors Hospital on Tuesday, December 12.
The artificial urethral sphincter recipient is a 15-year prostate cancer survivor.
According to Pinto, the patient will be catheter free, and have complete urinary control for the first time in many years.
An artificial urethral sphincter is a small implantable device that allows patients with a non-functioning or poorly functioning native urethral sphincter to regain control of their urine flow and take back control of their lives and happiness.
Pinto, who recently returned to The Bahamas, is a surgical specialist Fellow of Urethroplasty and Urological Reconstruction Surgery under the tutelage of world renowned Surgical Urologist Professor Sanjay Kulkarni.
Kulkarni developed the Kulkarni urethroplasty surgical technique in 2009 that has revolutionized urethroplasty surgery and is used extensively by urologists around the world.
Kulkarni was in New Providence to observe and commemorate the surgical event.
One in six men worldwide will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and early diagnosis and treatment is important for cure.
Unfortunately, the curative treatments for prostate cancer can lead to severe urinary incontinence, with leaking of large quantities of urine with any activity or movement.
Severe stress urinary incontinence can significantly reduce the quality of life, and many patients withdraw socially and often are sad from continual use of a catheter and urine bag or adult undergarments.
The men may develop social awkwardness, a restricted lifestyle and lack of sexual intimacy.
According to the doctors, the artificial urethral sphincter allows restored self-confidence and allows for freedom to enjoy everyday activities such as swimming and exercise.
The surgical achievement by Pinto is one of many artificial urethra sphincter surgical cases he has planned for The Bahamas.
Doctors Hospital officials say the medical institution remains on the cutting edge in providing surgical innovations and advancements, and as an institution is dedicated to providing world class, state-of-the-art surgery in The Bahamas.