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Aberdeen Hospital’s sew surgical Suite benefits patients and surgeons

Pictured L-R: General Surgery Resource Nurse Shaunna Vaughan, RN; Dr. Chakshu Sharma; and Dr. Colleen O’Sullivan, Chief of General Surgery.
Pictured L-R: General Surgery Resource Nurse Shaunna Vaughan, RN; Dr. Chakshu Sharma; and Dr. Colleen O’Sullivan, Chief of General Surgery. - Contributed

NEW GLASGOW

A Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Suite at the Aberdeen Hospital is hoped to improve how many surgical procedures can be carried out, as well as have a positive impact on the hospital’s ability to recruit surgeons.

Funding for the $500,000 project came from the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary and Aberdeen Health Foundation.

“We started thinking of an MIS Suite 10 years ago,” says Priscilla Sharkey, Director of Perioperative and Surgical Services for the Northern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

“It was when we received support from the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary and Aberdeen Health Foundation that the idea really got traction,” she said. “I am incredibly thankful that both organizations immediately understood the benefits and committed to making this major advance possible.”

Minimally invasive surgery involves making small incisions and inserting telescopes with tiny cameras that allow surgeons to easily see and conduct procedures. Equipment on long arms can be moved in and out of the surgical field as needed. Surgeons benefit through better visualization, ease of movement and reduced posture fatigue.

For patients, smaller incisions mean less pain and faster healing.

Pain is reduced due to less trauma and injury to the skin, muscles and nerves. This also reduces recovery times.

Recruitment and retention of surgeons is also improved with the MIS Suite. “To be able to practice in an environment that enables development is key,” says Dr. Chakshu Sharma who recently moved to Pictou County. “I came because the Aberdeen Hospital had tools that will allow me to continue to grow.”

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