A 67-year-old patient underwent an incision-free minimally invasive operation at a hospital in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, to remove a tumor in her duodenum last month, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported Thursday.
A tumor was found in the patient's pancreas a month ago. The patient had visited many hospitals, but most of the doctors told her that she would have to undergo a traditional open surgery to remove the tumor through an incision in her abdominal wall.
The patient has been suffering from depression and anxiety disorders for a long time. Her family members were worried that her mental condition would worsen if she underwent a traditional open surgery because it would have a longer recovery period and leave her with more pain and possible post-operative complications.
The patient came to the Shenzhen Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences last month. After rounds of discussion and group consultation, doctors decided to perform an incision-free minimally invasive operation to remove the tumor.
During the operation October 13, doctors managed to remove the tumor along with the patient's duodenum by using a laparoscope and a gastroscope, while the surgical specimens were taken out via the patient's vagina.
According to the report, four organs would have been removed if the patient underwent a traditional surgery, which would have left her with a 15-centimeter incision in the abdominal wall. But the incision-free minimally invasive operation only removed the patient's duodenum and the tumor, which reduced the pain for her and enabled her to make a quick recovery.
This was the first incision-free minimally invasive operation of its kind in Shenzhen. It is still a new type of operation in the United States and is rarely reported in China.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)
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