Meridian Star

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August 26, 2006

New kidney procedure gives patients a speedy recovery

He may not be able to drink iced tea and eat sweet potato pie, but John Peden of Philadelphia is just thankful to be alive.

Peden, 38, a chicken farmer, was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, or kidney cancer, in 2005, after he was hospitalized with kidney stones.

And thanks to a relatively new procedure found locally at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Peden was back at work after a month. Now, with a few exceptions, his life is back to normal.

“I also can’t eat chocolate or drink Coke or other dark liquids because of the type of kidney stones I had, but other than that, I never missed a beat,” Peden said.

Dr. Mark T. Phillips with the Urology Clinic of Meridian, is the only doctor in Meridian and one of the only doctors in the South to perform a hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy, or kidney removal.

Phillips said the procedure traditionally required a 10- to 12-inch incision in the patient’s side, possible removal of a rib and up to 10 weeks in recovery time. More recently, less invasive surgical techniques, called laparoscopy, were developed to allow the surgeon to perform the procedure through smaller incisions.

Phillips used the GelPort Hand Access Device, which is designed to optimize these minimally invasive surgical procedures, giving patients pain reduction and a shorter and less painful recovery.

“With this new technique, patients typically undergo a three-day hospital stay, a two- to three-week recovery and significant reduction in pain and incision size,” he said.

In a news release issued by Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, the procedure is performed by inflating the patient’s abdomen with gas to provide a better view of the kidney and surrounding organs. Additional tubes are placed in the abdomen to provide access for the laparoscopic camera and instruments.

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