A KEYHOLE surgery technique which speeds up recovery times for cancer patients has been introduced in West Lothian.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are being offered to patients with cancers of the womb at St John’s Hospital in Livingston for the first time.
The procedure requires only three small incisions and is less invasive than the more traditional hysterectomy surgery.
In most cases patients are able to go home the following day, with recovery taking a few weeks rather than months. Previously, patients had to travel to the Royal Infirmary for the 90-minute procedure, but health bosses were keen to introduce a more convenient service for West Lothian women.
Dr Paul Mills, an NHS Lothian consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist based at St John’s Hospital, said: “The laparoscopic surgery reduces the risk of infection, recovery times are quicker and patients are able to take pain relief in tablet form rather than through an IV drip.”