At K.G. Hospital, the last 10 years have seen tremendous changes in General Surgery and advanced patient care. The department of general surgery has now become a Tertiary referral center. An increasing number of patients with complex ailments/conditions are referred to K.G. Hospital for surgery. General surgery procedures on Endocrinic glands, salivary glands and oral cavity, breasts, neck, hernia, male genital abnormalities, rectal procedures for piles, fistula, cancer, spleen and blood disorders like sphercytosis, thrombo cytopuma are regularly carried out in its 5 Operating Theaters. A major advancement in this department was the introduction of Laparoscopy, aiding advanced and better patient health care delivery system. Today, with laparoscopy many procedures including diagnostic laparoscopy and cholecystectomy are performed with unmatched success rates. A feather in the cap for the department was the LIVE demonstration of a laparoscopy procedure during ASICON 97. In General surgery, K.G. Hospital has explored newer areas. K.G. Hospital was the third hospital in the country to conduct a Cadavar Kidney transplant. The department has also performed right hepatectomy solitary and secondary with unknown primary Wide Field Laryngectomy with the assistance of the Oncology Department. Advanced Laparoscopy known as minimally invasive surgery or videoscopic surgery – allows surgeons to perform most surgeries of abdomen, using small incisions (keyhole surgery), instead of large abdominal incisions. Advantages of Laparoscopy:
- Reduced post operative pain
- Increased post operative comfort
- Reduced hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal physical activities
- Quicker return to work
- Improved cosmesis and reduced wound complications associated with large scars
Dr. V.P. Shanmugasundaram, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon & Chief General Surgeon, performs procedures from simple gallbladder operations and hernias to the most sophisticated operations like splenectomies, gastric operations, removal of intra-abdominal cysts and intestinal surgeries. He also performs state of the art laparoscopic surgery of gastrointestinal emergencies such as appendicitis, cholecystitis or other complicated abdominal problems using laparoscopic techniques.