Dr. Obinna Igwilo (Obinna Chukwudi Igwilo) graduated from the University of Nigeria,University of Nigeria in 1986. Dr. Obinna Igwilo is a general surgeon in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is affiliated with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Nigeria Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Surgeons operate repair or removed damaged or diseased tissue. General surgeons focus on the organs within the abdomen, including the stomach and colon. Many surgeons specialize on specific conditions or areas of the body, including vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, thoracic surgeons, plastic surgeons, colon and rectal surgeons, hand surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons.
Education & Experience
Medical School & Residency
- University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
- Residency, General Surgery
University of Nigeria Faculty of Medicine
- Medical School
Certifications & Licensure
American Board of Surgery
- Certified in Surgery
NC State Medical License
- Active through 2020
Awards, Honors & Recognitions
- ACS Fellow
- Embolization of traumatic adrenal hemorrhage – Igwilo, O. C., Sulkowski, R. J., Shah, M. R., Messink, W. F., Kinnas, N. C.
- American College of Surgeons – ACS Member
Health Insurance and Affiliations
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS NC Blue Select
- BCBS NC Blue Value
- BCBS NC BlueOptions
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Coventry Carelink – Carolinas HealthCare System Tier 2
- First Health PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Compass HMO
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Obinna Igwilo Performs Landmark Surgery in United States
An ongoing initiative to provide expanded health care services to area VA and DOD beneficiaries through shared staff, resources and facilities achieved a dual milestone recently when Dr. Obinna Igwilo performed Fayetteville VA’s first robotic surgeries using Da Vinci technology. The achievement also doubled as the VA healthcare system’s first Da Vinci surgeries at Womack Army Medical Center continuing an advancing partnership with Womack and the VA.
Assisting in the surgeries were Coastal HCS employees: Operating Room staff, circulating nurses Katherine Howard and Amanda Amon, RNs; along with scrub techs Lisa Belk-Williams, Ciji Perry, Quincy Porter and Tony Prewitt; and Anesthesia Team of Leesa Davis, CRNA, and Dora Franzoni, MD.
The Da Vinci robot uses the most advanced technology available, enabling the surgeon to perform complex operations through a few tiny incisions while increasing the surgeons’ vision, precision, dexterity, and control.
The Da Vinci adaptive, state-of-the-art technology allows the surgeon’s hand motions to be translated into precise movements spread to four robotic arms working inside the patient’s body.
Although the feat represented a first for Fayetteville VA, for Dr. Igwilo, one of Fayetteville VA’s newest hires, it was a familiar procedure as he has performed robotic surgeries since 2014. He is board-certified in General Surgery with a special interest in endocrine surgery, robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic or minimally invasive/access surgery and Endoscopic procedures.
He was previously on staff at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville and actively engaged with the training of medical students and surgical residents there while also serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Igwilo said the Veterans who received the surgeries were “very happy to have received the benefit of this innovative technology.”
He also commented that the opportunity to perform complex procedures was one of the selling points that factored heavily in his decision to come work for VA.
Fayetteville VA Coastal Healthcare System also offers traditional minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries. Minimally invasive surgeries are becoming more common than open surgeries. Robotic and endoscopic technology continues to advance, making these surgeries easier for the surgeon and safer for the patients.
Advantages to the patient include decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and less post-operative pain. And less post-operative pain translates into less reliance on post-operative narcotics for the Veteran.
“For Veterans whose surgical problems can be treated with advanced robotic minimally invasive surgeries, the VA partnership with WAMC is a winning combination,” said Dr. Jayne Maynor, Fayetteville VA Coastal Healthcare System Interim Chief of Surgery. “We are committed to innovative and excellent care for our Veteran population.”
Fayetteville VA Chief of Staff Dr. Jeffrey Morgan lauded the Da Vinci surgeries as a sterling example of VA/DOD collaboration and the resulting benefit of resource sharing and cooperation between Fayetteville VA and Womack Army Medical Center.
Not only does the partnership demonstrate the organization’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer resources. But more importantly, the collaboration helps ensure patients receive the best care possible.
“Cooperation and collaboration yield rewards on so many levels,” Dr. Morgan said. “Like in this instance where VA gets access to this great Womack AMC facility and our providers get the opportunity to perform higher complexity procedures, maximizing their skills and expanding our healthcare services to our Veterans.”
He concluded, adding, “This VA/DoD partnership is a model for other healthcare systems. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with our DOD colleagues to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered care to our respective patient populations.”