The Borneo Post (Sabah)

New technology for lung cancer surgery


There is good news for lung cancer patients in Malaysia as a new technology for lung cancer surgery is now available at University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and University of Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC), offering them painless, cost-effective and shorter hospital stay.

UMMC and UMSC Consultant Cardiothor­acic Surgeon Dr Sivakumar Krishnasam­y said the new technology was known as “Uniportal ‘Video-Assisted Thoracosco­pic Surgery’ (VATS) ”, a technique that allows lung cancer patients to have a smaller single incision which is less painful than convention­al surgery.

“We find this technique (Uniportal VATS) is less painful for the patients, they can recover faster and start the next line of treatment earlier. It is only an incision of a small hole about three centimetre­s and all instrument­s can go through it with proper training,” he said.

Dr Sivakumar said this to Bernama after the signing of a Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU) with world-renowned thoracic surgeon Dr Diego Gonzales Rivas, accreditin­g UMMC as the Malaysia Uniportal VATS Masterclas­s training centre here, yesterday.

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