Single hole laparoscopic (key-hole) bariatric surgery to obesity is arriving in Indian hospitals.
The single port technique is the latest advancement in minimal access key-hole surgery.
Normally, almost all the key-hole surgeries involve multiple -at least three- small incisions in the body to insert various instruments such as telescope etc required for the surgery.
The single port procedure involves making just one single cut on the body. This cut is usually made around the umbilical cord or in the naval area so that the surgical scar won’t be visible.
Through this single incision, multiple instruments used for the surgery and the telescope are inserted.
Because it leaves only a single scar that too in the nave after the entire procedure, single port access technique provides excellent cosmetic results.
Patient satisfaction is stated to be high with this technique, which is currently being evaluated in several centers around the world to assess safety, feasibility and efficacy.
“Single port laparoscopic surgery is gaining great interest throughout the world as the technique of the future, and we see it becoming the preferred norm for all kinds of surgeries going forward,” stated Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, Director-Minimal Access Surgery, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Max Healthcare, New Delhi.
Earlier single ports needed specially devised instruments for use during surgery, thereby increasing the cost of procedure by 35% to 40%.
However, the new reusable devices make sure that surgeries happen at almost half the price compared to earlier procedures wherein specially devised instruments were used, he added.
The Delhi-based Max Healthcare recently organized the first “Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery” workshop at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket.
The workshop was headed by leading experts in the field of minimal access surgery such as Dr. Pradeep Chowbey and Prof. Dr. Christoph-Thomas Germer and Dr. Katica Krajinovic from Germany.
The workshop showcased of reusable metallic device single ports which can reduce surgery cost by upto 50% and live surgical demonstrations using the single port laparoscopic technique.
Max Healthcare operates eight centers in Delhi & NCR, offering services in over 30 medical disciplines.
Max Healthcare has an out-patient facility, the Max Medcentre and a Speciality centre focused on Eye and Dental care at Panchsheel Park, secondary care hospitals at Pitampura, Patparganj, Gurgaon and Noida and state of the art tertiary care facilities at Saket in South Delhi.
The tertiary care hospitals at Saket include Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute, a Centre of Excellence in cardiac services, Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Max Cancer Centre and the Max Super Speciality Hospital, a super speciality facility in Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement, Neurosciences, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Internal Medicine.
In addition, it has an Institute of Allied Medical Services where it provides General and Laparoscopic surgery, Urology, Eye & ENT, Oncology, Nephrology, Dermatology, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences amongst others.
Max Healthcare has collaboration with Singapore General Hospital in the areas of medical practices, nursing, paramedical, research and training.