Special Correspondent

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.

First patient

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.