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Cost of Fibroid Surgery in Nigeria
Recently, the number of fibroids has increased significantly. While this is quite worrisome, the good news lies in the fact that the disease is treatable. With the different types and classes of fibroids emerging with force in the country today, it is essential to look at the disease, its causes, the different types, and most importantly, the Cost of Fibroid Surgery in Nigeria today.
What is the cost of fibroid surgery in Nigeria?
There are different types of fibroids and sometimes they require different surgical procedures. These types vary in price. One of the biggest challenges for patients in Nigeria is the availability and accessibility of hospitals, clinics and stations for surgery.
The number of fibroid surgeries in Nigeria depends on certain factors, including the type of fibroid and the hospital or clinic where the scan will be performed.
As it stands, fibroid surgery costs between N130,000 and N400,000 depending on some of the factors explained below:
The type of fibroid surgery you will undergo
The choice of surgery you focus on will greatly affect how much you spend in the process. In general, the doctor recommends the type to follow, depending on the criticality of the fibroid. While there are many types of fibroid surgery, the two most common types are abdominal myomectomy and laparoscopic myomectomy.
An abdominal myomectomy is a myomectomy that requires a large incision in the lower abdomen to access the site of the fibroid. Although this type is one of the cheapest, it is still quite expensive. Some hospitals charge between N130,000 and N250,000 for this type of fibroid surgery. Laparoscopic myomectomy is a more complicated process that requires a higher level of experience and care.
While the process is nearly bloodless and known to heal much faster than abdominal myomectomy, it is much more expensive and sensitive. As it stands, hospitals charge between N250,000 and N400,000 for this process.
Type of hospital you want to operate
This is another factor to consider when estimating the cost of fibroid surgery. In Nigeria, there is no specific amount for fibroid surgery and it largely depends on where you do it. In general, surgery is cheaper in federal and state hospitals, be it medical centers or university hospitals. However, the same cannot be said of private hospitals.
While some private hospitals have doctors with similar experience, they are much more expensive than state hospitals. Some private institutions even charge up to N2 million for the surgical process. The location of the hospital is also important.
Cost of fibroid surgery in private hospitals in Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt will certainly be more expensive than the same process in private hospitals in other developing countries.
Test costs before and after surgery
This is another factor that affects the amount you spend on surgery, either directly or indirectly. Most often, the diagnosis of fibroids would be the result of various tests and examinations. You may need to consider how much the different tests cost. Also, patients may need to undergo several tests, even after surgery. The tests are not very expensive. Depending on the nature and hospital, you can take a test for as little as N15,000 or as high as N20,000.
Other costs of fibroid surgery
Aside from the fee, you will pay for the surgery, most hospitals, both private and government, will ask you to pay additional fees. These costs may include entrance fees, medications, and other related costs. Depending on the type of fibroid surgery you subscribe to, you may need to purchase a pinch of blood, as the patient may lose blood in the process and require a blood transfusion.
Usually, it is difficult to notice the symptoms of fibroids because they are usually not accompanied by pain. This is especially tricky because a woman with fibroids may not even know it for a long time. However, a symptom such as abdominal uterine bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids.
Also, if the tumors are located around the endometrium or obstruct blood flow to the endometrium, the patient may experience heavy bleeding accompanied by pain during her period. There may also be spotting between periods. Patients who experience heavy periods due to fibroids may develop iron deficiency anemia.
Depending on the size, location of the fibroid, and how close they are to the central pelvic organs, patients may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Constant pelvic pain, including pain during intercourse.
Constant pressure on the bladder with recurrent or obstructed urination.
Pressure on the rectum with painful and in some cases difficult stools.
Conclusion – How are fibroids diagnosed?
A fibroid is usually diagnosed by a pelvic exam, commonly known as an ultrasound. It is usually difficult to diagnose a fibroid from the pelvic mass alone. Fact Because the symptoms associated with this disease are also associated with other illnesses, it will be difficult to determine what is really going on, hence the importance of ultrasound.
For example, ultrasound helps distinguish fibroid from other conditions, such as ovarian tumors. MRI and CT scans also help diagnose fibroids, but ultrasound is still the easiest, most affordable, and best method of imaging the pelvis.