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Specialists get to learn more about Minimally Invasive Surgery for
better patient outcome
Johor Bahru, 19 August 2017 – It was a fruitful weekend for doctors in Southern region who attended a seminar on minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery. This would be the very first collaboration on such seminar between government and private hospitals organised by Regency Specialist Hospital (Regency), in collaboration with Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) as indicated by the guest of honour Dato Dr Hj Ghazali bin Ismail, HOD of O&G department of HSI. This event was also supported by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).
During the seminar, obstetricians and gynaecologists were exposed to the variety of minimally invasive treatment techniques and options available, the principals of it, as well as the common challenges and situations associated with the advanced surgical techniques.
This particular type of surgery allows surgeons to treat a patient through a small incision on their abdomen instead of the usual open surgery. Although the procedure is known to increase safety, result in less pain and lesser external scarring, allow faster recovering and shorter hospital stay, it is not commonly used in Malaysia as there is a shortage of general awareness and doctors who have mastered the necessary skills.
Gan Boon San, Chief Executive Officer of Regency, said the hospital’s mission is to provide better outcomes for patients and it is important to promote knowledge and share such good practices. Regency will continue to collaborate with government hospitals to provide the best medical practices to its patients in Johor.
“We are committed to support the training and development of more doctors and staff in the southern region to deliver laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery). This will benefit patients here as it gives them more options to choose from when they are deciding their treatment plan,” he said. Gan added that the hospital will continue to engage with Malaysian and internationally recognised doctors to stay on par with international standards.
For this seminar, Regency has invited prominent specialists such as Dr. Dipak Limbachiya, Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynae Oncologist with special interest in minimal access surgery in EVA Women Hospital and Gynaecology Endoscopy Centre in India. And, Dr. S. Selva, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine at Mahkota Medical Centre, Melaka. He is also the immediate past President of the Asia Pacific Association of Gynaecological Endoscopy (APAGE). Another resident specialist, Dr. Sharifah Halimah Jaafar who is the Chair of this event, hoped that the workshop will create more awareness among the public on the advantages of this type of surgery. “We hope to spark the interest of many young doctors in the southern region to develop skills in this advanced surgical technique,” said Dr Sharifah, who is also the Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Regency.
Another speaker from Hospital Sultan Ismail, Dr. Badrul Zaman bin Muda @ Abdullah, Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynae Oncologist, who co-Chaired the event, said the hospital was proud to be working hand in hand with Regency for the inaugural workshop.
“This allows us to raise awareness and also expose doctors in the southern region to the advances and possibilities of laparoscopic surgery. We hope this will be the first of many more workshops and a catalyst for future mutually beneficial working relationships between healthcare providers from the government and private sectors,” said Dr. Badrul.
This Advanced Laparoscopic Gynaecologic Surgery Seminar followed an earlier live Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Seminar for doctors, also supported by MMA, Johor in March this year. Known for having a wide range of minimally invasive surgery capabilities across numerous specialities. Regency plans to continue sharing its expertise on minimally invasive surgery by having more of such seminars and training doctors in the southern region to benefit patients in the region.