3,888 pa­tients un­der­went la­paro­scopic pro­ce­dures

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

KUWAIT: There are 3,888 pa­tients who un­der­went la­paro­scopic pro­ce­dures from Jan to Oct 2016, in­clud­ing 500 cases that re­quired in­ter­ven­tion dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, ei­ther to re­move a be­nign or ma­lig­nant tu­mor or to stop bleed­ing. This was stated by Dr Wafa Al-Hashash, in­ternist, gas­troen­terol­o­gist, liver and liver trans­plant con­sul­tant and head of the gas­troen­terol­ogy and liver unit at the Sabah Health Zone.

Hashash told a work­shop held at the gas­troen­terol­ogy and liver unit that modern surgery equip­ment and the GI tract la­paro­scope can be used to stop bleed­ing and re­move vari­cose, be­nign and ma­lig­nant tu­mors with­out leav­ing any traces by us­ing elec­tro­cautery equip­ment and wa­ter cut­ting with a mul­ti­pur­pose tube in­stead of an in­jec­tion. This process guar­an­tees the doc­tor and pa­tient to­tal safety and no pen­e­tra­tions dur­ing the process, be­sides the use of ar­gon gas that helps the area to clot with­out touch­ing the tis­sue.

Hashash said that among the ad­van­tages of this sys­tem in the GI tract is the abil­ity to con­trol bleed­ing with­out touch­ing the tis­sue, es­pe­cially since ionic ar­gon gas was suc­cess­fully used in open surg­eries. She said that it is safe to use it in the treat­ment of the stom­ach, duo­de­num and colon. Among the modern meth­ods is to iso­late a part of the tis­sue with the use of pres­sur­ized wa­ter, as it has been proven as a safe treat­ment method, with­out touch­ing the layer near it, to re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of pen­e­trat­ing any healthy tis­sue.

Par­tic­i­pants at the work­shop pose for a group photo.

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