1.00pm – 1.30pm: Registration
1.30pm – 2.10pm: Single Keyhole Surgery for Common Surgical Conditions like Gallstones, Hernia Repair, Appendicitis, Intestinal Obstruction and Colonic Surgery (Dr Ravishankar Diddapur) + Q&A
2.10pm – 2.50pm: Colorectal Cancer – Early Detection and Single Incision Surgery (Dr Quah Hak Mien) + Q&A
2.50pm – 3.10pm: Tea-break
3.10pm – 3.50pm: Getting Rid of Fibroids and Cysts with Just One Cut (Dr Anthony Siow) + Q&A
3.50pm – 4.30pm: Keyhole Surgery for Common Lower Limb Sports Injuries (Dr Sean Ng) + Q&A
Topic 1: Single Keyhole Surgery for Common Surgical Conditions like Gallstones, Hernia Repair, Appendicitis, Intestinal Obstruction and Colonic Surgery (Dr Ravishankar Diddapur)
Synopsis: More than 10 to 15% adult population have gallstones and about 10% of them become symptomatic needing surgery. Life time incidence of appendicitis is about 7% needing surgery and about 10% of the population develop some form of hernia needing surgery. With the advances of surgery, we have moved from open surgery to laparoscopic surgery about 25 years ago and most recently, we have moved to doing it through and as a Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. The benefits of this is greatly appreciated by patients in terms of:
A. Less pain with faster recovery
B. Wound complications such as infection limited to single keyhole incision rather than 4 keyholes
C. Scar hidden within umbilicus and hence no visible scars
D. Better patient satisfaction
Topic 2 : Colorectal Cancer - Early Detection and Minimally Invasive Surgery (Dr. Quah Hak Mien)
Sypnosis: Colon and Rectal Cancer or Colorectal Cancer is the top cancer in Singapore and South-East Asia. The number is increasing and has become the commonest cancer in recent years. The lifetime probability of an individual developing colorectal cancer is approximately 1 in 20, and is among the highest in the world. A big proportion of patients are still diagnosed at the advanced stage of the disease. Screening is important because colorectal cancer is a preventable cancer. Most of the cancers of the large intestine are believed to have developed from polyps. Colonoscopy detection and removal of polyps result in a reduced colorectal cancer risk. A polyp removed is a potential cancer prevented. The treatment of colorectal cancer has advanced significant recently. Minimally invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for colorectal cancer reduces pain and scar after surgery and speeds up recovery.
Topic 3: Getting Rid of Fibroids and Cysts with Just One Cut (Dr. Anthony Siow)
Synopsis: Fibroids and ovarian cysts are one of the most common gynaecological conditions faced by women today. Close to 50% of women will reach menopause with some fibroids, and every woman will develop ovarian cysts at some point in her life. Surgery for fibroids and ovarian cysts has evolved to minimally invasive keyhole surgery of less than 3cm cuts at the belly button, leaving little tell-tale signs that you ever had surgery. This talk will touch on how keyhole surgery confers less surgical pain, better wound healing and a significantly faster recovery.
Topic 4: Keyhole Surgery for Common Lower Limb Sports Injuries (Dr. Sean Ng)
Synopsis: Lower limb sports injuries are getting more common as our population becomes more active, and takes up the government's call to do more exercise and keep fit and healthy. Similarly, advances in orthopaedic surgery have led to the development of better techniques, with better results and less invasive and minimally invasive techniques. This talk will focus on these new and minimally invasive techniques, and how they benefit patients, in terms of both recovery and function.