‘Surgical procedure not for everyone’
A new surgery procedure, which is supposed to relieve pain for patients suffering from painful conditions, is being hailed as a breakthrough for the future of the field.
RTE’s Dr Maitra Kavale said the procedure was not for everybody and doctors were working on new ways to make it safer.
“It’s a very small, low-risk surgery, it’s not going to change the way we treat all kinds of diseases, but it’s going to make things a little bit safer,” he said.
In a study, doctors at the University of California, Irvine found that in a group of patients who had a severe pain condition, only 5% could be operated on with the procedure.
It’s not clear why this is the case, but Dr Kavales hope the procedure will be widely available in the coming years.
The new procedure involves using a laser to cut the skin off the affected area.
Dr Kavalle said that although it was a relatively small procedure, he believed it could be used to treat other kinds of pain and other conditions.
He said it could also be used in conjunction with other surgical techniques.
If successful, Dr Kvavale hopes the procedure could also help improve the way surgeries were done in the future.
One patient, who was initially told they would have to wait up to two weeks for the surgery to be performed, was now told it could only be done at the hospital, where they would receive immediate relief.
Some patients have been waiting two months to see the surgeon.
There are concerns that patients could have severe side effects, including kidney problems and cancer.
This is not the first time surgeons have had to wait for a procedure to be done.
A similar procedure was done in 2013, but doctors were advised that it would not be safe for all patients.