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NEW VIDEO OPERATIONS HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED MAJOR SURGERY, BUT AN EXPERT WARNS TECHNIQUE MAY BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR SOME SURGEONS

 NEW VIDEO OPERATIONS HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED MAJOR SURGERY,
 BUT AN EXPERT WARNS TECHNIQUE MAY BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR SOME SURGEONS
 /ADVANCE/ NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In just two years, 25,000 American surgeons have learned the revolutionary new technique of video surgery, enabling them to remove hundreds of thousands of organs from the chest and abdominal cavities without having to cut them open.
 According to a report in this Sunday's PARADE magazine, 80 percent of all gallbladders are now removed using video cameras, which are also being used in lung, liver, pancreas, and colon surgery.
 Although the technique seems simple enough, it requires extensive training and skill, and at least one expert has warned that it may not be possible for all doctors to master.
 The technique, which involves the use of a tiny television camera and three or four small incisions through which tubes and instruments are inserted, has been likened to playing a medical version of a video game. Many surgeons have trouble, initially, comprehending in two dimensions what is going on in 3-D. Suturing is difficult, since the needle and thread may be 18 inches from the physician's fingers and visible only on a television screen.
 "It is important for surgeons to know when to quit and not consider it a defeat," declared Dr. Andrew Warshaw, associate chief of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who fears that the refusal by some doctors to put the new surgery aside and continue to use the conventional methods they have mastered could put their patients at risk.
 "Patients are going to be at some risk for a while," Warshaw said. "There was a wave of injuries caused by laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries. This has gotten better, but each new technique will go through that."
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