Monday, 22 October 2007
Laparoscopic surgery (often referred to as ‘key-hole surgery’)
remains underused in this country, despite the fact it has been shown
to bring about major improvement in patient comfort and proven
reduction in complications compared to open surgery. Recent
technological improvements mean it can be applied for an increasingly
wide variety of procedures including some cancers, urology, hernia
repair, abdominal and colorectal surgery. The technique also offers
good value to the health service by shortening hospital stays and even
making some procedures possible by day-surgery.
Identifying this increasing demand, the Royal College of Surgeons has developed a new regional course, Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery, to be delivered from a national network of 27 accredited centres across the country and is being rolled out from October. Not only will the capacity to teach these techniques to high and uniform standards be increased, but the even spread of centres across England and Wales will minimise the time trainee surgeons need to be away from their Trust and patients.
Peter Sedman, laparoscopic surgery tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “Increasing the application of minimally invasive surgery makes sense for patients and the health service, but we can only expand use if we have more surgeons trained. This new course will enable greater numbers of surgeons to learn the techniques at locations convenient to them.”
Notes to Editors
- The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808.
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