Bread­fruit-sized tu­mour suc­cess­fully re­moved from pa­tient’s ab­domen

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As part of the re­cent la­paro­scopic train­ing con­ducted with doc­tors and nurses at the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal, one pa­tient was the ben­e­fi­ciary of this life-sav­ing pro­ce­dure. La­paroscopy is a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure in which a fi­bre-op­tic in­stru­ment is in­serted through the ab­dom­i­nal wall to view the or­gans in the ab­domen or to per­mit sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures. Flavia Florence, a res­i­dent from Mi­coud, had been suf­fer­ing from an enor­mous tu­mour in her ab­domen which caused her great dis­com­fort and in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

Ms. Florence’s son-in-law, Benoit Michel, said he was ex­tremely pleased with the out­come of the surgery and the care and at­ten­tion she re­ceived at the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal: “I am very, very pleased; very happy, pleas­antly sur­prised. When we found out about the tu­mour we were very wor­ried. You didn’t know what to ex­pect and you hear a lot of hor­ror sto­ries from per­sons hav­ing tu­mours and op­er­a­tions and so on, and even per­sons talk­ing about go­ing over­seas be­cause our orig­i­nal thoughts were to go to Mar­tinique or some­where else and, af­ter meet­ing Dr. Kabiye and speak­ing with him and he ex­plain­ing the pro­ce­dure, and also be­cause of the episodes that she had, we knew that she needed the surgery as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

The min­istry of health caught up with Ms. Florence four days af­ter her op­er­a­tion. She was in high spir­its, ready to be dis­charged and ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to the doc­tors for per­form­ing this life sav­ing pro­ce­dure.

“I felt very strong be­fore I went to surgery be­cause I wanted to go for the surgery and I asked God to help me, give me the strength and the courage that I could have gone through it. So, when I walked in I had no fear. I was not afraid a bit,” she said.

The bread­fruit-sized tu­mour was re­moved dur­ing the op­er­a­tion by Dr. Kabiye, the lead sur­geon per­form­ing the la­paro­scopic surgery at the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal.

Said Dr. Kabiye, “Her re­cov­ery has been re­ally re­mark­able. Blood loss has been very min­i­mal and her pain level is very low. The pa­tient is al­ready drink­ing and tak­ing in flu­ids. It has been an event­ful out­come com­pared to an open surgery which is com­pletely open­ing the ab­domen to be able to re­move the tu­mour. This was no ma­jor cuts, ba­si­cally small, to put on a de­vice to be able to do the surgery. To re­move the tu­mour or the mass is where you do the small cut.”

Dr. Kabiye is hope­ful for greater in­vest­ment in la­paro­scopic equip­ment for per­form­ing sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures through key­hole surgery as ben­e­fits to the pa­tient and hospi­tal are sig­nif­i­cant.

Pa­tient with La­paro­scopic Surgery at Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal on Oc­to­ber 17, 2018.

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