Underexposure of Residents in Training in the Art of Vaginal Hysterectomy in Nigeria

Okeke TC, Ikeako LC, Ezenyeaku CCT
2014 American Journal of Clinical Medicine Research  
Worldwide, vaginal route is the gynaecologist's route of surgery. However, abdominal route is the favoured route of hysterectomy in Nigeria inspite of the advantages of vaginal route. This descriptive review is to awaken interest in the teaching and surgical exposure of residents in obstetrics and gynaecology in the field of vaginal surgeries. The ratio of vaginal hysterectomy to abdominal hysterectomy in Nigeria ranges from 1:4 to 1:9. The frequency of vaginal hysterectomy in centres in
more » ... ranges from 10-23%. These rates are lower than the figures quoted from the United States (25%), France (50%), Australia (40-50%) and Saudi Arabia (28%). Vaginal hysterectomy is under-utilized in Nigeria. Most centres hardly do up to five vaginal hysterectomies in a year. Residents in training hardly perform vaginal hysterectomy and may not have watched or assisted in up to ten vaginal hysterectomies before the residency programme is completed. This is completely inadequate for acquisition of proficiency. There is inadequacy and under exposure of residents in the art of vaginal surgeries in Nigeria. There is need for workshops, training and retraining of residents in the field of vaginal surgeries to meet these challenges. This would ensure production of quality gynaecologists with skills and proficiency in vaginal surgery.
doi:10.12691/ajcmr-2-1-6 fatcat:gqsb5cmpanbphdxw2kiuo4npgy