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 Success Story

Minimally invasive surgery or Laparoscopic surgery, is being used to treat many different types of cancer and other health related problems as an alternative to open surgery. This story is about liver cancer, which will strike nearly 18,000 people in the United States this year. Transplants and invasive surgeries are standard treatment options. Now, a less invasive approach offers a better option for patients.

Working with his wife helps Judson Russ get through his hectic days with a smile – and some exciting news just made life even brighter."Recently, I found out my wife is now pregnant," he said.

But a few months ago, Russ wasn't sure he'd be around to see their first child. He was diagnosed with liver cancer. Doctors said he needed a transplant. "I made the mistake of asking, 'So if I don’t do this transplant, how long do I have?' They told me six months to a year. At that point you’re in shock," Russ said.

Then he met laparoscopic surgeon Jay Redan, M.D., who found he didn't need a transplant after all. Not only could Redan remove the tumor with surgery, but he could do it laparoscopically, which is the same surgery but uses smaller tools and has a smaller incision. "The big difference is they’re going to have much less pain, faster recovery. In terms of cancer procedures, someone can start their cancer treatment sooner, and hopefully even have a better long-term outcome," said Redan, who is from Florida Hospital in Orlando.

These tools allow surgeons to make a much smaller incision, and the magnified images make dissection safer and more precise.

Redan is one of only a handful of doctors performing laparoscopic surgery on organs like the liver – a trend he hopes will change. "If anyone tells you that you have to an open operation, I would always recommend to someone to seek out a possible alternative," he said. Russ is thankful he did. He was out of the hospital the next day and back to work in two weeks. "It's like a war story,” he said. This is what happened, and I dealt with it and came through fine."Now, he looks forward to watching his child grow up.

Open surgery may be necessary when tumors are very large. Transplants may be the only option or some patients, but overall, Redan says most patients are candidates for the laparoscopic procedure.

Courtesy of:News 14 Carolina

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