A SINGAPORE health specialist and local paediatric surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses from the Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) saved a girl’s life through the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery recently.
Noby Saiwam 10, was admitted at the hospital with diagnosis of raptured appendix through the emergency department on Aug 7.
She underwent the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery the next day, and had recovered and was now back in school.
The visiting paediatric surgeon Dr Rambha Rai said the minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopic surgery was performed through small incisions using camera guided surgical instruments.
“Minimally invasive surgery is safer, has less trauma and faster recovery rate,” Lai said.
“Less hospital stays than open surgery. It is now practised worldwide.
“Noby could have had an open surgery resulting in longer hospital stays, an ugly abdomen scar and could possibly miss out on school.”
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Paki Molumi said PMGH had invested on minimally invasive surgery to improve the surgery turn-around time and free up hospital beds.
“The cost of the minimally invasive surgery equipment is high. However, the benefits outweigh the cost and has huge returns on investment,” Molumi said.
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