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The meat of minimally invasive surgery

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As part of its continued efforts to raise public awareness and access to the latest in healthcare, world-class training facility and hospital Cardinal Santos Medical Center zeroed in on the wonders of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in their ongoing series of webicons on Zoom.

More than 200 participants logged in to “Why Less Is More: 10 Things To Know About Minimally Invasive Surgery,” which outlined the advantages of MIS, also known as Laparascopic Surgery.

Leading the webicon’s resource speakers was Dr. Alfred Allen Buenafe, executive director of Cardinal Santos’ Philippine Center for Advanced Surgery, which is considered the pioneer MIS training center in the Philippines.

Buenafe’s passion for teaching MIS brought him to different parts of the world. His work is to grant medical experts here and abroad access to modern facilities and technologically-enabled learning sessions instructed by internationally acclaimed medical professionals in the field of advanced surgery.

During the webicon, Buenafe explained that MIS is done using small incisions or cuts in the human tissue. At the course of the surgery, tubes called trocars, and small cameras called laparoscopes or endoscopes are inserted along with other specialized surgical equipment. This kind of procedure is known to be less painful and bleeds lesser than regular open surgery.

“Laparoscopy can be used to help diagnose a wide range of conditions that develop inside the abdomen or pelvis, through direct visualization of the affected organs. It can also be used to carry out surgical procedures like removing a diseased organ like the gallbladder, or for collecting tissue samples for testing or biopsy,” Buenafe said.

He furthered that the procedure can also help health concerns such as hernias or ovarian cysts. Aside from that, undergoing MIS believes to be quicker than regular surgeries, plus it has higher accuracy rate. Scars are also less visible and recovery is quicker.

Dr. Jaideep Rao, Senior Consultant Surgeon of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, also explained, “When we started doing minimal access surgery, the results were not only similar to large incision surgery, but they were even better. Patients recovered much better and they could get back into society doing their normal activity. And they even have low recurrence rate.”

Ultimately, the greatest evolution in the medical industry translates to the patients’ post-operative experience — an innovation that Cardinal Santos is hoping will become more accessible for the Filipinos.

Buenafe said, “Being a surgeon lets you operate on people and sometimes even save their lives. That bond is quite unique between the patient and the surgeon, as the patient puts his trust — his life, actually — on the surgeon’s hands and allow him to do something life-altering. Doing it minimally invasively gives the satisfaction not only for yourself, but much so for your patient. All the advantages are for the patient and it’s quite immeasurable.”

“Through the hospital’s advocacy and also mine, our ultimate goal is actually to elevate the standard of healthcare, especially for the Filipino people, for the Filipino patient. Training our young surgeons and nurses from all over the country would allow our institution to do its part and our share in providing access to quality and innovative healthcare service to many Filipinos,” Buenafe ended.

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