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Colchester hospital first in region to use new key-hole surgery technique

16 February, 2016 - 09:45
Surgeons Tan Arulampalam (left) and Raj Rajaganeshan are pictured in main theatres, Colchester General Hospital.

Surgeons Tan Arulampalam (left) and Raj Rajaganeshan are pictured in main theatres, Colchester General Hospital.

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Two Colchester men are the first patients to benefit from a new minimally-invasive operation now available at Colchester General Hospital.

In both cases small incisions were made rather than the larger cuts associated with traditional surgery, meaning less pain for the patient, a reduced risk of infection and faster recovery – with the patients going home the same day as surgery.

The procedure was used last week to treat pilonidal sinuses on the 16 and 28-year-old, which is a small hole that usually develops in the cleft of the buttocks, but the technique will also be used next week on an anal fistula, which appears as a hole in the skin around the anus.

Consultant surgeon Tan Arulampalam carried out the operation, assisted by Raj Rajaganeshan, a consultant colorectal surgeon at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital.

Mr Arulampalam said: “These new operations help to enhance Colchester’s reputation as a centre of excellence for minimally-invasive surgery.

“They are being carried out in one of our laparoscopic theatres and are currently performed in only a handful of hospitals in the UK – we are the first in the East of England.

“Mr Rajaganeshan has performed more of these than any other surgeon in the UK and I am proud to say he did some of his training here.”

Both operations involve using a fistuloscope, a special endoscope, down which a camera and surgical instruments can be passed. The surgeon operates while looking at images on a monitor.

Like traditional techniques both procedures are carried out under a general anaesthetic on a day case basis and take about 20 minutes, similar to the older techniques. But while a patient coud be off work for three weeks following the old technique, most patients can to work the day after a key-hole operation.

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