STONY BROOK, NY, January 3, 2003—A new program with a long name ushers in a new era of patient care for men and women who need urologic surgery. It is called the Clinical Program in Advanced Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery and is headed by Jamil Rehman, M.D., FRCS.
Minimally invasive surgery for urological disorders is new on Long Island, and Stony Brook University Hospital is leading the way. At least seven surgical procedures can now be done through scopes rather than through the traditional open incisions.
The most common operations now being done by Dr. Rehman with a laparoscope include nerve-sparing prostate gland removal (radical prostatectomy), removal of a diseased kidney or a part of it, adrenal gland resection, bladder and ureteral surgery. Many kidney stones can now also be removed using an endoscope, or tube inserted into the urinary tract.
Depending upon which procedure is being done, Dr. Rehman makes 3-5 small incisions of less than a half-inch. Through these “ports,” the surgeon places a miniaturized camera and surgical instruments to perform the same kind of operation, but with much greater visualization.
“Laparoscopic surgery offers many benefits for patients,” says Dr. Rehman, “such as less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recuperation at home. In addition, smaller scars, reduced chances of infection and blood loss, all contribute to a safer, easier and more comfortable experience for the patient,” he continued.
“We expect that using the new technique to aid in donor kidney removal will help encourage people to donate their organs because the procedure is safer with a faster recovery than the large traditional surgery,” Dr. Rehman said.
Dr. Rehman developed his skills and training at some of the leading medical institutions in the nation. He completed his Urology residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He served a two-year laparoscopic fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.