Surgery is no joking matter and neither is the way a person feels about their body.
Although most would like to say they would rather have a scar than be in bad health or in pain, the truth is that scars and the memories they hold can be equally as painful as whatever is removed.
However, a doctor in the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR), has come up with a new technique that will leave his patients feeling as good on the inside as they do on the outside.
Dr. Ali Cadili has been in the FHHR for just over a year now and in that short time has introduced a new way of performing gall bladder surgeries that reduces both the amount of pain experienced following the procedure and the visibility of the scar from the procedure.
He said because of the location of the entry point and the equipment being used, there is virtually no indication a surgery even took place.
What is also interesting about this procedure being done in the FHHR, is that it is not being performed in any other region in Saskatchewan, Alberta or Manitoba.
Although it is being used in some areas around the globe, Cadili said it has yet to catch up in the medical world.
“Twenty years ago we use to do (these surgeries) with a big open cut and it would take at least a week to recover, so it was a much more morbid procedure.”
However, Cadili said once laparoscopic equipment was introduced, the surgery become less invasive, enabled patients to go home quicker, was more cost effective, but still left the patient with four or five scars and a clear indication that a surgery had been preformed.
The new procedure, a Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), now replaces the four to five smaller incisions with a two centimeter incision in the umbilicus (bellybutton).
“So this new technique utilizes a single incision (in the bellybutton) and uses needlescopic equipment.”
What makes this technique unique, besides the lack of visual evidence and the use of this new equipment, is the fast recovery and a noticeable drop in post-operative complications, said Cadili.
At this time Cadili and his colleagues are performing a research study on SILS, the procedure outcomes, post-operative patient satisfaction and any complications that might arise.
Cadili said the after 10 surgeries he has had nothing but positive feedback from both the surgical team involved and the patients.
Jacqueline Geis is one of the patients in the region who has had the procedure and was quoted in the FHHR news letter praising the procedure and said “there is nothing there, you can’t even tell. I still have my girlish figure.”
She said what was great about the new procedure was that because of the quick recovery, she was back up on her horse, barrel racing eight days later.
Since beginning this endeavor Cadili said the region has been great with its support and is pleased to be tackling this venture in the FHHR.
“This has all been very exciting. There is always anxiety when starting something new. However, the most exciting part for me is seeing the patients following the proceedure and how well they are doing.
“It is great because I feel like I have made a difference above and beyond what we do already.”
Cadili said the research study is set to be complete in about a year, until then he looks forward to teaching the technique to his fellow surgions and working with future patients in the region.