THE 12th China Medical Team, in partnership with local doctors, recently completed the first ever laparoscopic radical proctectomy surgery in the country.
According to the team’s captain and gastrointestinal surgeon Dr Chen Gang, a laparoscopic radical proctectomy surgery was a surgical procedure used to remove the rectum and surrounding tissues in the treatment of rectal cancer.
He told The National that the surgery was performed on a 56-year-old man at the Port Moresby General Hospital who had symptoms of bloody stools, abdominal swelling and pain and having difficulty defecating for more than three months.
“The patient had been suffering from the disease for such a long time which seriously affected his quality of life,” he said.
“A colonoscopy indicated that there was a malignant tumour of the rectum and after examination the patient could be treated surgically.”
Chen said a laparoscopic radical surgery was more suitable compared to an open surgery which would result in more adverse effects.
“The patient was recommended to undergo laparoscopic radical surgery, which was also known as minimally invasive surgery and only involves several small incisions ranging from 0.5-1.2cm to complete the operation,” he said.
“This type of surgery can overcome the above shortcomings of the traditional open surgery to achieve the complete resection of the tumour in the narrow space while precisely protecting the surrounding organs and tissues from damage.
“The surgery went well and the patient recovered quickly, walking around and starting to drink water on the second postoperative day.
“The laparoscopic radical proctectomy I performed together with PNG doctors for this patient is the first of its kind for PNG, which is of great significance.
“We will continue to carry out more minimally invasive surgeries for the benefit of the people of PNG.”
TheNational / PNG Health Watch
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