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Singapore's Gynaecologists Break New Grounds
Date:5/12/2010

Singapore's flagship Women's and Children's hospital adopts single port technique for gynaecological procedures, raising the bar for minimally invasive surgery.

Singapore (Vocus) May 12, 2010 -- Gynaecologists at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) are taking minimally invasive surgery to new heights with the introduction of a specially designed port that allows surgeons to perform an entire operation with a single incision through the navel.

Associate Prof Bernard Chern, Head of KKH's Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit, was one of the first surgeons here to operate using the new technique.

Last September, he performed the world's first emergency operation for a rare ectopic pregnancy exclusively through the belly button.

"Single incision means we only perform one cut of about 2 or 3cm, whereas conventional minimally invasive procedures require multiple small cuts," he explains.

Case 1: Cornual ectopic pregnancy

Recalling his groundbreaking case, Prof Chern shares that the cornual ectopic pregnancy his 34-year-old Myanmar patient developed was difficult to diagnose and dangerous. Usually, treatment for such cases will require open abdominal surgery to remove the cornual ectopic tissue.

Instead, all Madam Thandar Tun endured was a navel cut – and two days in hospital.

"I did not have much pain and did not have to take any painkillers. The only problem was that my husband didn't believe I had been through a major operation. He kept asking where are my scars," says the relieved quantity surveyor.

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