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KPH Turns To Minimally Invasive Surgery To Reduce In-patient Time

RJR News / The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is moving to reduce overcrowding and having less in-patient days. This will be done by improving access to minimally invasive surgery (MIS).       Minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, is a technique which allows procedures to be done through small openings rather than the large cuts of open surgery.   Patients generally experience less pain following the procedure and usually recover quickly.   Dr. Natalie Whylie, Senior Medical Officer at KPH, says the country will benefit more when patients are able to recuperate faster as a result of  minimally invasive surgery.   She says this is in stark contrast to a patient who, after five to seven days following open surgery, is still not fully functional because of  pain and fragility, and can be out of commission for up to six weeks.          According to Dr. Whylie, surgical centres are moving away from in-patient services to out-patient type care.         The senior medical officer adds that one of the mandates of the Ministry of  Health is for Kingston Public Hospital to move towards more ambulatory patient care.

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