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

To date, more than a dozen patients have opted for this "scar-less" procedure, and success rates have been 100 percent - a perfect record by any standard.

One such patient was Madam Irene Pang, who suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding. The 55-year-old had been under the knife several times before, and was hoping for a "friendlier" cut this time around.

The answer came in the form of a hysterectomy performed through the navel. According to Dr Siow, this technique had an added advantage in Madam Pang’s case – there is less risk of blood vessel injuries in the abdominal wall.

"With all my previous operations, I had to rely heavily on painkillers post surgery. But this time, apart from experiencing some soreness, I did not need any painkillers. I rested for a week or so and I was as good as new after that. In fact, I could hardly see where the incision was made. It was incredible," says Madam Pang, giving the new technique the thumbs up.

According to both doctors, the single-port technique is also performed in other countries, such as the US. The cost of performing it here, however, is far and away much cheaper than overseas.

"The cost of such surgeries in the US is easily triple, or even quadruple, that of Singapore," confides Prof Chern, who adds that Singapore is on par with US hospitals, both in terms of breadth and depth.


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