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Holguin Hospital Bets on Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery in Holguin. Photo: Juan Pablo Carreras (archive)
Minimally invasive surgery (CMI) reaches a leading role in the Lucía Íñiguez Landín Clinical Surgical Hospital of the Cuban city of Holguín, where about 280 such procedures are performed on average per month.

Since 1998, when this surgical procedure was introduced in the healthcare center with the laparoscopic video cholecystectomy, other diagnostic and therapeutic techniques have been gradually introduced, including stereotactic surgery in neurosurgery, followed by transurethral resection of prostatic adenomas in the specialty of Urology, as well as Arthroscopy in Orthopedics.

Dr. Luis Mario Carrasco Feria, deputy director in the hospital, said that the CMI has achieved a broad development in General Surgery with the introduction of advanced elective techniques, including those for the treatment of the esophageal hiatus hernia, achalasia esophageal, exeresis of adrenal tumors and splenectomy.

In addition, video thoracoscopic surgery has now come to be used in complex surgeries such as the exeresis of mediastinal teratomas, among others, after being limited in its beginnings only to diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, such as sympathectomy in the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis (sweating of the hands).

Dr. Carrasco Feria noted as significant the performance of the laparoscopic emergency video surgery 24 hours a day in the hospital for several years.

He said that in neurosurgery highlights the stereotactic surgery of brain tumors. “It is worth recognizing the resumption of functional Parkinson's surgery, which has benefited more than 67 patients from all over the country.”

Progress is made in the specialty of Urology with the performance of the lower urinary tract endosurgery, with a prognosis of starting in the future the upper urinary tract endo-surgery in patients with renal lithiasis, while Orthopedics gains experience in knee surgery.

On these results Dr. Mirna del Pilar Aguilera, representative at the Provincial Health Directorate, acknowledged that the clinical surgical hospital has achieved a consolidated work in the activity, as an example of the IMC development in the province.

The CMI is a procedure performed through one or more small incisions and few points. It reduces postoperative pain and discomfort and allows a quick recovery of the patient who can reincorporate more quickly into daily life.

By Lourdes Pich /ahora/.cu/en

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