In high income countries like the UK, minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, is the gold standard approach to the diagnosis and treatment of many common conditions. The approach would be game-changing in countries like Zambia, where limited resources make it challenging to manage open surgery.
Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) has considerable advantages compared to open surgery. These include decrease in infection and blood loss, reduction in postoperative pain, shorter recovery time for patients, and fewer long-term complications. Additionally, laparoscopy can be used to diagnose tuberculosis, intra-abdominal malignancies, trauma injuries, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Collaborating with surgeons at Ndola Teaching Hospital
Ndola Teaching Hospital is the main tertiary referral hospital in the North of Zambia, and is striving to be a centre of excellence, providing high quality care, training and research.