Islamabad: Unique surgery to be performed at Shifa Hospital

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Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy will be performed for the first time in Pakistan by a leading laparoscopic urological surgeon Dr. Matin Sheriff from United Kingdom along with Professor Saeed Akhter, consultant urologist at the Shifa International.

Laparoscopic surgery (otherwise known as keyhole surgery) is performed by making multiple tiny less than one centimetre incisions, unlike traditional open surgery, which requires one large single incision.

The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include less postoperative pain, reduced risk of infection, better cosmetic results, early hospital discharge and faster return to normal activity.

Worldwide there are now several surgical procedures which are performed laparoscopically including cholecystectomies, nephrectomies, prostatectomies, cystectomies and a variety of bowel surgeries. In urology, thus far only nephrectomies have been performed laparoscopically in a few centres in Pakistan including Shifa International.

Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is technically the most challenging laparoscopic procedure in urology. The aim of this procedure is to cure localised prostate cancer. It is hoped that this innovative surgery with clear advantages for patients would become established in Pakistan in the near future.

The News, 13/12/2008

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