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KPH aiming for more minimally invasive surgeries

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is moving towards reducing overcrowding and having less inpatient days by improving access to minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

Senior medical officer (SMO) at the facility, Dr Natalie Whylie, said that the country would benefit more when persons are able to recuperate faster as a result of MIS.

"Surgical centres are moving away from inpatient services to ambulatory (outpatient) - type care, so after having the procedure done, once a patient is assessed as being safe to go home, they leave and are usually up and about within a short period of time," she said. According to her, the benefits of MIS add up, because within two to three days of surgery, patients are almost completely self-caring and back to doing all the basic things that they would normally do for themselves. This, she noted, is in stark contrast to a patient who, when discharged from the hospital, after five to seven days following open surgery, is still not fully functional, based on limitations from pain and fragility. This patient can be out of commission for up to six weeks.

The SMO adds that one of the mandates of the Ministry of Health is for the hospital to move towards more ambulatory patient care. MIS, or laparoscopic surgery, is a technique where procedures are done through small openings, rather than the large cuts of open surgery. Patients generally experience much less pain following the procedure.