One of the victims showing her belly after the surgery to Joy News
Joy News investigations have revealed that the owner of Obengfo Hospital at Weija in Accra, Dr. Dominic Obeng Andoh, who conducts plastic surgery at the facility has not been licensed to practise as a surgeon.
The Dental and Medical Council says although he is a medical doctor, Dr. Obeng Andoh is not a specialist in the area he professes to specialise in. The Council also revealed to Joy News that Dr. Obeng Andoh is not a qualified surgeon.
Some doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Plastic Surgery Department, who spoke to Joy News during our investigations, said some patients came to them with life-threatening complications after Dr. Obeng Andoh’s surgeries.
Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng and Manasseh Azuri Awuni have been investigating activities of Dr. Dominic Obeng Andoh following complaints from some patients.
Dr. Dominic Obeng Andoh is on record to have boasted of being the only doctor in Ghana with the expertise to perform liposuction procedure, which is a surgical withdrawal of excess fat from areas under the skin.
He has been doing this for the past ten years.
Dr. Obeng Andoh told Joy News he was trained in cosmetic surgery in Florida, USA for two weeks and was awarded a certificate. His patients, according to him, hold him in high esteem for shaping their bodies.
But the Medical and Dental Council says Dr. Obeng Andoh is not qualified to undertake the kinds of surgeries he is performing. Dr. Eli Atikpui, the registrar for the Medical and Dental Council said he is only allowed to do consultation but not that type of surgery.
There are only eight plastic surgeons in the country and Dr. Dominic Obeng Andoh is not one of them. Head of the Korle-Bu Plastic Surgery Department Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, confirms this.
Dr. Albert Painstil is one of the plastic surgeons at Korle-Bu who attended to some patients who developed complications after undergoing surgery at the Obengfo Hospital. He said he recalled treating two patients whose conditions went bad after they visited the Obengfo Hospital.
A victim who expressed her anger in an interview with Joy News want Dr Andoh arrested.
Speaking about her ordeal, she claimed she was deformed after paying GH˘12,000 to get the fat out of her belly at the Obengfo Hospital.
Adwoa Wusua as we have named her for the purposes of this report, said she was informed it will be a day’s surgery and she would walk home healthy right after. But she claims the experience was different.
Adwoa Owusua says she heard about the Obengfo Hospital through media advertisement. She was convinced a plastic surgery will help trim her fat belly. But instead of a trimmed tummy, she got deformity. She showed us pictures of her deformed tummy.
She is not the only one who has suffered the ordeal. Lucy Adjei – also not her real name – told us she’s also a victim and she has receipts from the hospital to show. She thought she would go through the surgery and return home unnoticed. But she ended up spending weeks. Lucy says her tummy has totally deformed now.
Documents available to Joy News indicate that in November last year, the Medical and Dental Council suspended Dr. Obeng Andoh following a disciplinary enquiry held on 13th June 2012 against him on a charge of advertising his hospital and erecting billboards at various vantage points contrary to section 3 of the medical profession.
Meanwhile, Dr. Andoh is still operating his hospital because information available to Joy News suggests he appealed the suspension.
Many Ghanaian men and women suffering from obesity troop to the hospital and pay huge sums of money for surgery and business is good.
But it appears a trimmed body may not come on a silver platter after all, there are also risks involved.
Though Dr Andoh engaged Joy News for about an hour over the issue, he insisted that he would not go public to defend his position for now even when given an opportunity.