Insights from Chicago on a potentially safer type of surgery
Last month I went to a conference in Chicago that focused on an exciting new type of surgery — one that has the potential to reduce scarring and recovery times, along with other potential benefits. The conference was the 7th International NOTES® Summit, sponsored by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
What is NOTES?
NOTES stands for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. The word “translumenal” refers to going beyond the margins of a hollow organ (or “lumen”, such as the stomach or vagina). “Endoscopic” is a type of surgery that uses special surgical instruments to go through small incisions or natural body openings in order to diagnose and treat diseases and other medical conditions. Instead of “traditional” surgery involving large incisions, or even laparoscopy, which uses specialized surgical instruments used through small incisions, NOTES involves interior incisions made within the body’s natural openings. Read More