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Exploring Advances in Surgery

posted Aug 12, 2010, 1:49 PM by Kristine Conner
Medicine is such as fascinating subject to cover because it is always changing. I recently finished two articles on surgical advances for The Chester County Hospital's magazine, Synapse. The first one deals with new approaches to joint replacement--called hip or knee resurfacing--in which surgeons can now preserve more of the patient's own bone while also relieving the pain that comes from degenerative arthritis (rubbing of bone on bone when cartilage breaks down). Replacement devices can wear out, so resurfacing offers the option of more surgery later in life if needed, since more of the bone is still there. The other advance is a new approach to laparoscopic surgery in which the surgeon actually can operate through a single small incision in the belly button. No visible scars! Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is fairly new and not always possible, but when it is, it certainly gives new meaning to the term "minimally invasive surgery."