It?s the age of keyhole surgeries
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It?s the age of keyhole surgeries

The keyhole just got smaller and the peeping Tom operating through it, much more smarter and skillful.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 03:59 IST

The keyhole just got smaller and the peeping Tom operating through it, much more smarter and skillful. That in a nutshell, explains the future of surgery when 90 per cent of them would be done through keyholes or minimally invasive procedures (MIP).

The size of the laparoscope and other instruments used to perform keyhole surgeries has shrunk considerably in the past one decade thus reducing the size of the perforation hole from 1.5 cm to 0.3 cm. “Just because they are smaller does not mean they’re less sturdy. In fact the smaller they’re the sturdier they become since no surgeon can afford to lose a piece of his equipment inside a patient’s body,” explained Dr P.V.A. Mohandas.

For the patient, keyhole surgery translates into a string of advantages — less time on the operation table, discharge on same day in most cases (meaning a lot of money being saved in post-operative hospitalisation), reduced surgical trauma, quicker recovery and no scars. “In these days of low-hip jeans and kurtis no youngster can afford to sport a 2 cm scar after an appendectomy. We offer keyhole surgery as the best solution,” said gastro surgeon M. Maran.

Even for hospitals and doctors, keyhole surgeries have proved a boon, cutting down on operating time and fewer complications through infection---a common complaint after normal surgeries in India. Theatres that used to do just two open surgeries now perform up to 20 keyhole surgeries a day, said Mohandas. “True, hospitals need to invest in equipment and train their surgeons and nurses. In the next 10 years every kind of cardiac surgeries are likely to be done in the MIP method,” he added.

Even joint replacements have been revolutionised through computer-aided MIP. “We have even got the implant-makers to design special high-flex knee joints since Asians are used to sitting cross-legged and for performing namaaz,” observed joint specialist Barry Rosario.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 03:59 IST