The Semmelweis University is an outstanding university for everyone, who wants to get an excellent medical training at a prestigious and renowned university. The university is proving its quality consistently. Just recently, they saved a life by using the “keyhole surgery” on a baby!
For the first time in Hungary, a baby with an incomplete esophagus was saved by the “keyhole surgery” procedure at the 1st Department of Pediatrics of Semmelweis University. A nutrition of the baby was impossible, therefore the doctors had to act very quickly. Instead of opening the thorax of the baby, they joined the two parts of the esophagus with the help of a thoracoscopic procedure.
“This was the first minimally invasive surgery of the esophagus in Hungary, which was carried out on a child born with a rare developmental disorder – esophaegal atresia.”, said Dr. Attila Kálmán, the doctor who is a pediatric surgeon and who was the leader of the surgical team. During the surgery, they closed up the fistula that caused the disorder and then connected the upper and lower part of the esophagus.
“As the child’s nutrition was impossible, immediate intervention was needed. Up till now such procedures had been performed by opening up the thorax. This was the first thoracoscopic procedure carried out with three thin tubes which enabled us to restore the continuity of the esophagus without causing significant scarring.”, Dr. Attila Kálmán pointed out. Using this method, almost no scar tissue is remaining. This is a big advantage, especially for newborns, because the risk of an infection is drastically reduced.
The university treats ten out of 20-30 children with this disorder in Hungary every year. This method is not only applicable for this disorder, but generally becomes more and more widely used. Especially in abdominal and thoracic surgeries this method replaces greater surgeries, as Kálmán said.