New surgical method debuts at Cayman Islands Hospital

| 18/07/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Drs Zolton Szucs and Sanjib K Mohanty perform surgery using the new technique

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands Hospital has become the first hospital in the Caribbean to perform gall bladder removal surgery using a new technique that increases surgical precision and safety. The flourescence cholangiography method involves the use of a fluorescent dye that, when activated, provides surgeons with a clearer view of the area of operation.

“Another benefit of this procedure is that there is no radiation exposure to either patient or operating room staff,” said private consultant general surgeon Dr Sanjib K Mohanty, in a Health Services Authority (HSA) press release.

“The recent introduction of this new surgical technique has added a new dimension to improve patient recovery and outcomes in certain medical procedures and provide greater safety to staff and patients from radiation exposure.

“The technique is also being used for other surgical procedures including breast cancer surgery to map out suspicious lymph nodes with great success – another major medical advancement for the hospital,” he added.

Dr Mohanty recently used the procedure for the first time on a Cayman Islands Hospital patient in collaboration with another private general surgeon, Dr Zolton Szucs.

“Our patient was in his early 20s and had a severe diseased gall bladder with stones, which was making him very uncomfortable,” said Dr Mohanty, who added the post-procedure recovery has been “excellent” and the patient is “absolutely pleased” with the results.

In praising the achievement, HSA Medical Director Dr Delroy Jefferson said he supported the ongoing partnership between private physicians and the authority: “This partnership benefits patients in Cayman by providing quality evidence-informed care locally.”

Dr Mohanty added: “My partnership with the HSA is a lifelong one. The HSA acquired this equipment at a very significant cost, simply because there was a desire to provide modern and better facilities to patients in our country.”

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