Abdominal surgery can be done with a large cut – a “laparotomy”, or small cuts using a camera (laparoscope) and other instruments to work inside – laparoscopic surgery.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that there is huge difference in how laparoscopic surgery can be performed for the very same operation.
Let’s face it – every cut hurts and leaves a mark. The bigger the cut, the more the pain and scarring.
Wouldn’t it be great to have no pain or scarring?
Medical technology hasn’t quite taken us there yet, but that hasn’t stopped Dr Gan from striving for these goals with every operation. He has adopted a wide range of advanced laparoscopic techniques with the aim of doing each operation using the fewest and smallest cuts. Instead of relying on strong pain-killers, he focuses on techniques that greatly reduce the need to take them in the first place. For example, it is not uncommon for his gastric bypass and bowel cancer resection patients to avoid opiate pain-killers after surgery, and to go home after one to two days in hospital. Many gallbladder and hernia surgery patients are happy to go home with minimal discomfort as a day case where appropriate.