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Laparoscopic surgery, commonly referred to as minimally invasive surgery, offers patients less pain, shorter hospital stays, and shorter recoveries after surgery. The advantages of these new technologies are intriguing patients around the country. World expert, Dr. Mark Talamini, joins Andrew Schorr on this Patient Power program to share why patients should be excited and what the future holds for "scarless surgeries." Dr. Talamini is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego Health System, which has helped lead the way in virtually scarless abdominal surgery. In 2008, Dr. Talamini and his surgical team made medical history by being the first in the country to remove a diseased appendix through a natural orifice.
The program begins with the story of Linda Qau, a patient who underwent laparoscopic surgery for the removal of her gall bladder. Linda talks about her surgery, her very short hospital stay and her rapid recovery. You’ll hear why she chose this surgery and how she’s doing now.
Dr. Talamini helps us understand minimally invasive surgical procedures, and discusses new procedures currently in clinical trials and what conditions these surgeries are most appropriate for. He details the NOTES Gallbladder Procedure, a new procedure for gallbladder removal. In addition to an explanation of research in progress, Dr. Talamini provides answers to listener questions on a variety of issues. If you’re curious about "scarless surgeries" and the future of surgical technologies, this program is a great educational tool.
Read Linda Qua's laproscopic surgery story
Listen to the Audio Program (you will be taken to the Patient Power website)
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