Oculoplastics Workshop in Ghana

HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologists spend a week at KATH performing oculoplastic surgery and training local staff.

Drs. Anya Gushchin and Brent Hayek led an oculoplastics workshop at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana from April 23rd-30th. The training consisted of both lectures and hands-on clinical training with KATH Drs. Armah, Agyeman and Gifty, oculoplastic nurses Vida and Hannah, and ophthalmology residents. A total of 35 patients were seen over the course of the program, and the whole oculoplastic team was trained in fitting of ocular prosthesis and made real headway in making an institutional change to place a conformer at the time of enucleation/evisceration surgery to prevent socket contractures.

A special thank you goes out to the nurses and anesthesiology team and the OMFS division who lent their bone saw thus making an orbital case possible for the first time. We would like to also recognize Mr. Roland Scott, an ocularist from Chicago, who donated 29 prostheses and many conformers for the patients of KATH.

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