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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
MINIMALLY invasive procedures have been slowly being the gold standard in almost all, if not all surgical specialties.
These procedures have replaced the traditional big incisions with â€œkeyholeâ€™ openings. Aside from the cosmetic effect, patients have a shorter hospital stay and faster recuperation period thus earlier return to work.
The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) (formerly known as Davao Medical Center) boasts of a state of the art Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) unit in the operating room.
The MIS unit started sometime in September 2011 under the leadership of current chief of hospital, Dr. Leopoldo Vega. Two operating theaters were assigned for the MIS unit with a dedicated MIS staff composed of nurses and operating room technicians. Two laparoscopic surgeons, Drs. Rolly Lobo and Walter Batucan are the chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively of the said unit.
The MIS unit caters procedures done by the following surgical specialties: Colorectal surgery, Esophagogastric surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Gynecologic surgery, Pediatric surgery, Thoraco-Cardiovascular surgery, and Urologic Surgery.
Advanced cases were already done in the unit namely: lap proctocolectomy, lap Whippleâ€™s, lap hepatectomy, lap gastrectomy, lap pull through procedure, endoscopic thyriodectomy and lap low anterior resection.
A total of . 257 cases were performed in the unit as of January-August 2013 which were mostly, hepatobiliary cases. (data: Josil Cruz, MD)
Last July 26-27, 2013, the Philippine Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (PSGE) had a workshop for step 2 laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. This was followed by a workshop conducted by the Philippine Association of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons (PALES) last July 27 and 28 attended by 50 surgeons from all over Mindanao for 1st basic lap workshop held at SPMC.
Because of the availability of the state of the art equipment and instruments paired with the pool of experts, the PSGE and PALES is looking into the possibility of accrediting SPMC as a training institution. (data: Josil Cruz, MD)
Aside from the abovementioned procedures, minimally invasive urologic procedures can now be done in the MIS unit ranging from cystoscopy, ureteroscopy, percutaneous nephrostolithotomy and laparoscopy. The MIS unit boasts of a complete set of urologic endoscopic instruments for both pediatric and adult age groups.
Last August 24, the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy was done in SPMC MIS unit. This was performed by consultants from the SPMC Section of Urology namely Dr. Michael Jonathan Latayan and Dr. Victor Espino (Section Head) with Dr. Hermenegildo Zialcita (Urology consultant, NKTI).
With minimally invasive procedures slowly being the first line surgical option, the SPMC Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit is one of the most well equipped in Davao City where such procedures can be performed and has the available minimally invasive surgery specialists who are experts in their respective fields.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 24, 2013.