Surgical Technology International XX - Surgical Overview
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Reduced Port Surgery: An Economical, Ecological, Educational, and Efficient Approach to Development of Single Port Access Surgery

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Erica R Podolsky, MD
Surgical Research Fellow and Resident,
Department of Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Laura St. John-Dillon RN, MBA
Service Line Manager, General/Vascular Surgery
Hahnemann University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie A. King, MD, FACOG
Director, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA


Paul G. Curcillo II, MD
Vice Chairman and Associate Professor,
Department of Surgery
Director, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

There has been an emergence of reduced port techniques for laparoscopic surgery over the past three years. Although growing in presentations and papers, few scientific studies have yet to be published demonstrating benefits and risks of these techniques. In particular, very little is mentioned regarding the increased costs. This brings to the forefront the concept that the development of new surgical techniques should adhere to safe standards of surgery and undergo continued evaluation during development to ensure they maintain safety, and are able to be reproduced by our colleagues. Evaluation also needs to focus on costs, both economical and ecological.
A review of our first three years experience of single port access surgery has been done. Costs in terms of both the potential economic and environmental impact have also been evaluated as compared with multiport procedures.
In the first 36 months of this evolving technique, we were able to mimic multiport procedures with similar results. The costs of single port access are less than comparable multiport procedures, both in terms of dollars as well as medical waste.
We are able to now offer "proof of concept" of a novel reduced port procedure from four important aspects in the development of new surgical techniques. We demonstrate comparable results in terms of outcomes and safety, improvement in financial and environmental costs, as well as showing initial success with training and application of the procedure by our colleagues.



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