GPHC, Northwell Health perform 11 surgical procedures

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Monday stated that its recent collaboration with Northwell Health has seen 11 surgical procedures being performed, including seven inguinal hernia repairs and four complex abdominal wall reconstruction surgeries.
The surgeries were conducted by visiting General Surgeons Dr Gainosuke Sugiyama and Dr Sebastian Shterental.
This collaboration, which is the third with the Surgery Department and the first with the Anaesthesia Department, resulted in significant advancements between May 5 and 6, 2024.

The teams following one of the surgeries

The GPHC stated that both the general surgery and anaesthesia staff at GPHC greatly benefited from the hands-on training provided by these internationally skilled surgeons and anesthesiologists.
“While the surgeries directly benefited the patients, the collaboration emphasized the teaching aspect, aimed at building capacity and enhancing skills at GPHC,” a release from the medical facility stated.
The anaesthesia component was led by Dr Joseph Marino and Dr. Rutuja Sikachi, focusing on nerve blocks to assist in pain control for patients during their immediate recovery period.

Doctors during one of the procedures

Additionally, on May 5, 2024, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) session was held, centered around these procedures. Following the CME, practical sessions were conducted on patients undergoing surgeries on the respective days.
All patients involved in this collaborative effort were successfully discharged and are now recovering well. The general surgery, anaesthesia, and nursing staff at GPHC all benefited significantly from this collaboration, gaining practical experience and knowledge from the highly skilled visiting surgeons and anesthesiologists.
Moreover, this successful partnership has opened the door for further collaborative efforts, including Observerships at Northwell Health Hospitals for GPHC anesthesiologists, promising continued professional development and enhanced patient care at GPHC.