KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital organised its 5th Laparoscopic course in its series on Laparoscopic training for the medical fraternity on Saturday, August 12.
Doctors from all parts of the country presented themselves to gain and share knowledge with each other. This year, the hospital invited Dr Dipak Limbachiya, a pioneer and a leading laparoscopic surgeon from India for the two-day workshop.
While many may not be familiar with the term “laparoscopic”, Dr Divakaran T. Govindan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Fetal Medicine of KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital explained that laparoscopic is a surgery which only requires three holes, instead of having big incisions.
He added that the advantages of laparoscopy is less painful, less bleeding, less infection and recovery is faster.
“The biggest spot is 11mm. The holes can be from 5mm to 12mm. Thus, it’s less bleeding and painful, as the holes are small.
“It’s good for the patient, as they can go back to work or do their daily activities faster. For some cases, we can even discharge on the same day,” he said, adding that this technology has been introduced at the hospital for the past 15 years.
After Dr Divakaran, General Surgeon Dr Basel Ebernesan wrapped up their briefing, and began with a live operation on a 50-year-old hernia patient.
Dr Basel explained in detail while performing every action.
All the participants eagerly watched the live operation, which was telecast live on a big screen from the operation theatre. The audience were also provided with 3D glasses as the operation was done in 3D.
The audience could communicate and listen to what the doctor was saying whilst performing the surgery.
The theme for the 5th instalment of the series is “Back to Basics”, as the content will be geared towards basic laparoscopic suturing and techniques.
The second day of the workshop featured laparoscopic techniques for Obstetric and Gynaecology procedures by Dr Dipak. He demonstrated the proper techniques of laparoscopic hysterectomy to about 47 surgeons.