Updated: 01/22/2014 20:16

New minimally invasive lung surgery pioneered in Singapore



New minimally invasive lung surgery pioneered in Singapore

A new minimally invasive surgical technique has been pioneered in Singapore for lung surgery. 

The single incision technigue has enabled patients to recover within a week with minimal pain. 

The current method which requires up to five incisions, could affect muscles, chest nerve walls and patients could take up to a month to recover. 

Pioneering the technique was Head of Thoracic Surgery and Senior Consultant at the National University Heart Centre, John Tam. 

He says the new approach can be extended to older and weaker patients who may not be considered good candidates for surgery in the past. 

The technique was first performed in 2009 and more than three hundred patients had undergone the surgery. 

There are currently up to 10 surgeons in Singapore undergoing training in this new technique.

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