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Training first for Townsville Hospital

25 May 2018

The Townsville Hospital will host a surgical skills workshop tomorrow using a VITOM®, a unique visualization system for vaginal surgery for the first time in Australia highlighting improved pathways for minimally invasive surgery for women.

Director of urogynaecology Professor Ajay Rane, who is also a member of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board, said more and more women globally were undergoing abdominal and pelvic surgery trans-vaginally as the preferred route for minimally invasive surgery.

“Modern surgery is about treating the patient in a way where recovery is faster and pain and discomfort are minimised,” Professor Rane said.

“This means moving away from lengthy cuts through multiple layers of skin through the abdomen and gut to get to the problem area.

“Surgical procedures including for prolapse, benign uterine pathology and incontinence, can now be done trans-vaginally, effectively eliminating the need for the surgeon to use a scalpel.

“This is great news for women."

Professor Rane said because the techniques were intricate the training was challenging.

“That teaching is difficult because it is done in a small space.

“The camera makes it completely visible, even in deep spaces, so the trainees and students can learn by viewing the multiple TV screens in the operating theatre.

“This is a very exciting development for our hospital and helps us to attract more and better trainees who can then apply their skills to improving surgical options for women.”

Last updated: 15 August 2018