Southampton experts to share skills in live surgery broadcast

Adam Moors

Doctors at Southampton’s university hospitals will share their skills with hundreds of international colleagues via satellite direct from the operating theatre today (Friday).

Consultant gynaecologist Adam Moors will be joined by three world-leading surgeons at the Princess Anne Hospital – Dr Olav Istre from Copenhagen, Stefanos Chandakas from Athens and Dr Shailesh Puntambekar from Pune in India – to perform several advanced keyhole procedures, including an innovative approach to hysterectomy.

The live masterclass, run in conjunction with Olympus Medical, will broadcast the techniques – used to treat womb conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and cervical cancer – to delegates at the three-day European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy conference in London.

Using the latest high-definition TV and audiovisual equipment, Mr Moors and the team, which also includes consultant gynaecologists Miss Ying Cheong and Dr Sameer Umranikar, will operate through a single incision – known as single port – to remove an ovarian cyst and an ovary in one case and cervical cancer and fibroids in another.

The operations, which will involve the use of hi-tech gadgets such as a harmonic scalpel that can divide tissue inside the body and seal blood vessels, ensure quicker recovery and cause less discomfort, allowing patients to return to normal activities much sooner than previously possible – with the majority of patients home the following day.

“It is a reflection on the quality of service here that we have been invited to showcase some of the advanced minimally invasive surgery we perform here on a daily basis to an audience of leading experts from across the world,” said Mr Moors, a specialist in gynaecological endoscopic surgery.

“Medicine is rapidly advancing and we are at the forefront of developments in new gynaecological surgical techniques that remove the fear of major surgery for many patients and return to their normal lives much quicker than they expect.”

The event comes ahead of Mr Moors and fellow consultant gynaecologist Miss Ying Cheong’s annual Endoscopic Surgery in Gynaecology course in November, which will see national and international specialists travel to Southampton for two days of live surgical demonstrations and lectures.

Posted on Friday 23 September 2011