Unbelievable it may appear, but doctors say they can now remove
a patient’s appendix through their natural orifices like the
mouth, vagina and rectum.
In fact, over 1,000 patients in Europe and the US have
undergone the so-called natural orifice surgery, which many
surgeons see as the biggest advance in science since keyhole was
Instead of cutting the skin, the new approach uses natural
orifices — the mouth, urethra, vagina and rectum — as internal
highways to access and remove or repair internal organs, the
Daily Mail reported.
The technique offers the multiple attractions of scar less
surgery, reduced pain because of fewer and smaller incisions,
and lower risk of infections, say the experts.
“The outcomes can be as good as the conventional approach
with some advantages, including lower risk of infection,” said
Dr Julian Teare, consultant gastroenterologist at the Imperial
She added, “This is a new and rapidly evolving concept for
intra-abdominal operations that offers the potential for a
revolutionary advance in patient care.”
In the surgery, the surgeon works with an endoscope — a
long, thin flexible tube that carries a light video camera and
other equipment. This is inserted into appropriate orifice.
To remove the gallbladder, the surgeon puts an endoscope
through the patient’s mouth and uses a tiny blade to make an
incision in the stomach. They can then gain access to the
A balloon is inflated to expand the opening, and the
gallbladder is cut into pieces so it fits into the endoscope and
can be removed orally.