For the first time in Israel, a patient’s malignant lung tumor has been removed by Dr. Danny Fink (pictured) and Dr. Faras Abu Acher at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with just a single, four centimeter incision in the lower lobe between the ribs. This procedure, called a “thoracoscopy,” is performed with a tiny video camera and surgical implements being inserted through the opening and usually requires several incisions. This new technique was developed by a Spanish surgeon, Dr. Diego Gonzales, who visited Shaare Zedek a year ago and taught the method to these doctors. Dr. Fink explained that the single incision surgery minimizes pain and scarring, as well as speeds recovery. The patient was discharged just four days later.
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