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such as bowel, blad­der, ureters or blood ves­sels,” says Dr Tan.

“This is rare but, if it oc­curs, an emer­gency tra­di­tional op­er­a­tion ( open surgery with larger in­ci­sions) may be needed to cor­rect the dam­age.”

Pa­tients who have had pre­vi­ous surgery are at greater risk of de­vel­op­ing com­pli­ca­tions, as are those with ma­lig­nant tu­mours that could spread.

This is why great con­sid­er­a­tion is needed in se­lect­ing pa­tients who are suit­able for surgery – can­di­dates must first at­tend a health screen­ing to al­low doc­tors to gauge over­all fit­ness.

Af­ter surgery, pa­tients typ­i­cally re­quire ba­sic care pro­ce­dures such as pain relief and dress­ing be­fore they can con­tinue to re­cu­per­ate at home.

La­paroscopy has come a long way in aid­ing gy­nae­co­log­i­cal surgery and con­tin­ues to be im­proved upon. For ex­am­ple, in­stead of creat­ing four ports for in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ments, sur­geons can now fit up to four in­stru­ments through one port.

Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments al­low doc­tors to work with 3D images in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 2D, and there are re­motely con­trolled ro­botic arms that can as­sist surgery – sur­geons hope the lat­ter and more will soon de­but on Malaysian shores.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 06- 315 8888.

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