Live Web Transmission of Laparoscopic Gynecological Surgery

On January 10, Dr. Antonio Setubal, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, performed a laparoscopic gynecological surgery that was broadcast via live web transmission from an operating room in the Hospital da Luz to the website of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists(AAGL). The live web broadcast of the surgery, which lasted about an hour, was the first presentation of a surgery via live web broadcast, for viewers around the world, from a hospital in Portugal. 

The AAGL invited Dr. Antonio Setúbal to participate in the web event which offers a convenient channel for physician training and the exchange of experiences and opinions among senior physicians in distant locations. It was a great honor for the Hospital da Luz, since the contribution once more places the hospital among the best in medicine.

Today, many surgical interventions in gynecology and general surgery can be performed laparoscopically. This minimally invasive surgical approach, which is accomplished through the insertion of surgical instruments through a few tiny openings (5 to 10 mm) in the abdominal cavity, avoids larger incisions required in traditional open surgery. 

Minimally invasive surgery offers several recognized benefits for patients:
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Stronger immune response
  • Faster overall recovery
  • Less time away from work
  • Lower incidence of infections
  • Lower incidence of incisional hernias
  • Barely visible operative scars
Click here to view the news report on this event.