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

que compares to other tried and tested minimally invasive procedures, Prof Chern says, "There are no additional risks involved here that is different from conventional minimally invasive surgery, but it is technically more demanding for the surgeon as everything is done through a single port. Because of this, specialists doing the Single Incision procedure must go through training."

Cost-wise, the new technique is about 10-15 percent more expensive than conventional keyhole surgery. This is due to the specialised equipment as well as the slightly longer operation time required.

Case 2: Hysterectomy

Emergency operations aside, common gynaecological problems can also benefit from this new technique. In fact, the very first single port operation was a regular hysterectomy performed by Dr Anthony Siow, Director of KKH's Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre.

According to Dr Siow, a number of gynaecological conditions can now be treated with this procedure, including common afflictions such as fibroids and ovarian cysts.

"We can remove ovary cysts, ovaries, small fibroids, damaged fallopian tubes and perform simple pelvic floor reconstruction through a single incision now," he says.                                


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