SQCCCRC performs first-of-its-kind laparoscopy surgery in Oman

April 26, 2022

Muscat – The department of surgery at Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre (SQCCCRC) has successfully performed the minimally invasive esophagectomy surgery for esophageal cancer using laparoscopy for the first time in Oman.

The operation was carried out by a medical team of surgeons headed by Dr Abdullah al Rawahi, a consultant in Upper GI and Esophageal Surgery. It took nine hours – during which the tumor was removed by thoracoscopy and laparoscopy for a 30-year-old patient, suffering from a genetic condition called Fanconi anemia, according to a press release.

Dr Rawahi explained, “Esophagectomy minimally invasive surgery procedures include the removal of the tumor with part of the esophagus and stomach, and then reconstructing it using the remaining part of the stomach through an incision in the neck, which high accuracy is required to avoid any complications.”

“The medical team was able to perform the operation using laparoscopic only without the need for an open operation, despite its complexity as the patient suffers from a rare genetic condition called Fanconi anemia,” Dr Rawahi added.

In minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon makes a few small cuts instead of one large one. During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts instruments and a camera-tipped device through the incisions to view and perform the operation, which results in reduced pain and faster recovery than conventional surgery.

He pointed out, “This procedure can be used for all kinds of esophageal tumors, with excellent precision in excision of tumor and lymph nodes associated with it.”

Dr Rawahi said, “During the operation, we placed a feeding tube through the patient’s abdomen that connects to the small bowel to ensure that the patient receives adequate nutrition during the recovery period until the patient returns to his usual diet. The patient’s condition will also be evaluated to determine if he needs other treatment post-resection surgery.”


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