Burch procedure performed at AEH for the first time

Surgeons of AEH performing the burch procedure | Photo: AEH

Addu City, Maldives – Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH), the first tertiary level hospital in the country located out of the capital, has announced that a burch procedure has been performed at the hospital for the first time.

The procedure was carried out on a 60 year old female patient on the 2nd of February, by one of the resident Gynecologists of the hospital, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali Mohamed Ali, with the assistance of the Operation Theatre staff of the hospital.

A burch procedure, according to the hospital, is a surgical procedure performed to treat stress urinary incontinence, and suspends and stabilizes the urethra, the duct that transmits urine from the bladder to the exterior of the body during urination

Main symptom of the condition is listed as loss of bladder control during physical activity, which may range from the flow of a few drops to large, involuntary flow.

The hospital reported that the surgery was successful, and that the patient recovered well through the postoperative period.

AEH, formerly known as Hithadhoo Regional Hospital, based in the southern most area of the country provides health care services on a large scale, ranging from Addu City to even atolls located in the central region. The hospital was upgraded to a tertiary level hospital during 2020.