THE University Teaching Hospital has introduced a minimally invasive surgery called laparoscopy surgery, which has less complications and short recovery period in patients.
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure in which a tube carrying fibre-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen or permit small-scale surgery instead of open surgery.
UTH acting managing director Laston Chikoya said it was about time the hospital introduced modern techniques in medical procedures such as laparoscopy which was a less tedious method of carrying out surgeries without having to cut open a patient.
Dr Chikoya said the world had become a global village and the UTH must also be seen to be moving with modern times in its operations and techniques in service delivery.
“When I was training, we were told to use the ‘Cape to Cairo’ incision, that if you want to see, make a big incision but that is changing.
“Today, we are encouraged to use minimally invasive surgery, whatever field, it is has a lot of advantages, laparoscopic surgery, which has fewer complication, you reduce patients’ stay in hospital and also reduce on recovery,” he said.
He said modern medicine globally has adopted the minimally invasive surgery in all the fields of operations including neurology, urology, gynecology and other fields of surgery because of the advantages for the medics and the patients.
He said as a teaching hospital, the UTH would not remain behind in medical evolution by continuing to replace archaic methods of surgery.
Dr Chikoya said modern medicines demanded that doctors moved with time from old methods to new and less cumbersome procedures with even better results.
He was speaking at the official opening of a four days workshop of a laparoscopy surgery which was supervised by a team of experts from the Lusaka Link Project of the Out of Africa –UK programme headed by Dr Tom Browne.
Dr Chikoya said the participants must take advantage of the workshop and learn to fit into the new modern world of medicine with minimally invasive surgery.
And the UK team leader, Dr Browne said the workshop should demonstrate the benefits of new techniques in medicines, in delivering better treatment to the people.He commended the Out of Africa programme together with some Zambians living in UK who have been essential in the organisation of the workshop, and called for more communication with the UTH.
The workshop scheduled to take four days was expected to raise awareness of laparoscopic surgery skills for trainee doctors and other surgeons in various fields of operations.