SAGES Launches “Get Well Sooner” Health Education Initiative To Raise Awareness and Adoption of Minimally Invasive Surgery

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In order to raise awareness among patients about the benefits of MIS and to promote the adoption of MIS techniques among health care providers, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) launches the “Get Well Sooner” public education campaign today at the American College of Surgeons 2015 Clinical Congress at the San Fransisco at the Moscone Center, South Hall.

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When compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery can potentially result in much less pain, swifter recovery and lower costs while providing an alternative for repairing and preventing a wide range of conditions,

No one wants an operation, but if you have to have one, the less invasive the surgery, the better. For patients suffering from any number of conditions, minimally invasive surgery, or MIS, can provide the best choice for a wide range of procedures such as laparoscopic colon and hernia surgery as well as weight-loss related surgeries. In order to raise awareness among patients about the benefits of MIS and to promote the adoption of MIS techniques among health care providers, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) launches the “Get Well Sooner” public education campaign today at the American College of Surgeons 2015 Clinical Congress at the San Fransisco at the Moscone Center, South Hall.

“When compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery can potentially result in much less pain, swifter recovery and lower costs while providing an alternative for repairing and preventing a wide range of conditions,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hazey, chair of SAGES Get Well Sooner Committee. “Depending on the procedure, patients may leave the hospital the same day, or in a few days, and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from traditional open surgery,” Dr. Hazey added.

Despite the advantages, laparoscopic surgical procedures are not offered as an option to hundreds of thousands of patients in the United States who are candidates for MIS and many hospitals underutilize MIS procedures. Patient knowledge about MIS options or a surgeon’s preference for open surgery, possibly due to lack of training, may determine if a patient is offered the opportunity to undergo a laparoscopic procedure.

“Part of our mission with this program is to reach out to healthcare providers in order to address any obstacles they may encounter when offering MIS to patients,” said Dr. Michael Brunt, SAGES President. “As more patients ask about MIS, more healthcare providers will have to become skilled at offering these newer cutting-edge techniques,” Dr. Brunt said.

Patients should feel comfortable asking their surgeon if an MIS procedure is an option or seek a second opinion from a surgeon experienced in MIS. SAGES has developed Patient Information Guidelines available at http://www.getwellsooner.org for both patients and healthcare providers that include information about common procedures, how to prepare for and what happens during MIS, and questions patients can ask their healthcare provider.

For more information, visit http://www.getwellsooner.org, join “Get Well Sooner” on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gwsooner or on Twitter at @gwsooner.

About SAGES
The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing a worldwide community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health. For more information, visit http://www.sages.org.

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