Key­hole surgery is gen­tle on in­fants

New­born Stella un­der­went a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FAMILY BEANS - Tyler Roodt

SURGERY is a tricky prac­tice, and surgery on in­fants is es­pe­cially risky, given how small and del­i­cate their bod­ies are.

Thank­fully, key­hole surg­eries, which are less in­va­sive and leave less of a mark, are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly vi­able.

New­born Stella War­ren had suf­fered a con­gen­i­tal de­fect in her di­aphragm which would have made it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for her to breathe. She un­der­went a key­hole surgery to re­pair the her­nia at Net­care Blaauw­berg Hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 12, and now only has a few small marks to show for it.

Stella’s mother Dede War­ren said: “I am im­mensely grate­ful that my pre­cious Stella, who is now grow­ing and grow­ing, had the op­tion of this min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dure, rather than reg­u­lar open surgery.”

The op­er­a­tion was per­formed by pae­di­atric sur­geon, Pro­fes­sor Daniel Si­dler, as­sisted by Dr Corne de Vos. Dr Ricky Dip­pe­naar, who was re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing care of Stella in the hos­pi­tal’s neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit, said: “Pro­fes­sor Si­dler and his team did a su­perb job to re­pair the de­fect, and we are de­lighted with the out­come.

“Stella had a fol­low-up ex­am­i­na­tion late last week and it was ev­i­dent that she had quickly re­cov­ered from the pro­ce­dure and is de­vel­op­ing strongly.”

Dip­pe­naar said a key­hole surgery has many ad­van­tages over tra­di­tional open surgery for a baby like Stella. How­ever, it re­quires a con­sid­er­able amount of skill, which is why Si­dler was brought in.

Thank­fully, the her­nia had been iden­ti­fied while War­ren was still preg­nant, so the sur­geons were able to op­er­ate on Stella al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter she was born.

“As we knew about the prob­lem prior to Stella’s birth, the team at the hos­pi­tal were able to plan ahead,” said Dip­pe­naar.

War­ren is grate­ful to the doc­tors who helped save her daugh­ter’s life.

“My fam­ily and I are most ap­pre­cia­tive to Dr Dip­pe­naar, Pro­fes­sor Si­dler and the nurses at the hos­pi­tal for the out­stand­ing care they pro­vided to Stella and my­self. We are also thank­ful that this op­tion was avail­able to our baby,” she said.

New­born Stella War­ren re­cently re­ceived a key­hole surgery, which is less in­va­sive and leaves less scar­ring than tra­di­tional open surgery, to have her di­aphragm re­paired.

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