Piedmont Newnan Hospital presents Dessert & Discussion: “The Latest Trends in Surgical Options”

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 2:23pm
By: The Citizen

As technology and innovation advance through the years, the types of surgeries available to us expand. Piedmont Newnan Hospital invites Newnan and surrounding area residents to a Dessert and Discussion titled “The Latest Trends in Surgical Options” led by Sharon Davis, M.D., and Brad Battaglia, M.D., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Newnan Country Club.

Years ago, the only option available was to have an open surgery, defined as a procedure where structures and tissues involved can be seen, touched and are directly exposed to the air of an operating room. Technology today offers laparoscopic, minimally-invasive surgeries as an alternative to open surgeries, but these may not always be the optimal option for your procedure. Doctors Davis and Battaglia will discuss the latest trends in surgery and the pros and cons of the different types.

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally-invasive surgery or band-aid surgery is a technique where certain procedures, many times involving the abdomen area, are performed through small incisions. Examples of procedures where a patient may have the option for an open or laparoscopic surgery also include colectomies, gall bladder or kidney removals and hysterectomies.

“The advantages of laparoscopic surgery versus open procedure include new innovations in technology, reduced hemorrhaging and shorter recovery time,” said Dr. Davis. “Through the use of ‘minimally invasive’ equipment such as fiber optics or miniature video cameras small enough to enter the body, patients have little to no scars and spend significantly less time healing.”

While laparoscopic surgery may involve smaller cuts, sometimes the risks can be higher. There are times when open surgery can be the better option for safety concerns as well as for superior results, perhaps due to complications or the conditions themselves.

Dr. Davis earned her medical degree from Emory University Medical School in Atlanta. She completed her residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., where she also served as chief resident. Prior to joining Piedmont Surgery Specialists, Dr. Davis was in private practice in Pensacola, Fla., for more than ten years. She also served as a staff surgeon for the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Battaglia earned his medical degree from Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, and then completed his surgical residency at the Atlanta Medical Center.  He previously served as surgical resident with the Atlanta Medical Center.

The Dessert and Discussion will be held at the Newnan Country Club, 1356 Hwy 29 N, Newnan, GA 30263.  Registration is required for this free event as seats are limited. To register, please call 678-854-2449.  To learn more about Piedmont Newnan Hospital, please visit piedmontnewnan.org.

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Submitted by purple8 on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 1:11am.

Today, people are now exposed to new technology that is being utilized in several surgical fields particularly in plastic surgery (like eyelid plastic surgery). It doesn't surprise me anymore.

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