COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Medical College Hospital has said it recently performed a single keyhole surgery that reduced recovery time and eliminated the need for multiple holes/incision.
Though done at some private hospitals, the CMCH felt that this was of immense benefit to the poor patients treated free of cost by the tertiary public health care institution.
A 21-year-old woman, Parimalam of Karamadai in the district, was the first patient to undergo this surgery at the CMCH to remove the appendix and a stone in the gall bladder, Dean of the hospital V. Kumaran said.
“This is a milestone for a Government hospital,” laparoscopic surgeon A. Ramamurthy, who performed the surgery said. A flexible sponge-type single port was used.
Therefore only a two-cm incision was required. The port contained three opening – one for a telescope and the others for passing instruments.
A number of poor people – at least one or two a week – got admitted to the hospital for gall bladder stone surgery. “This procedure will be a boon to them,” he said.