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South Florida Baptist Hospital Performs First Liver Resection|
Feb. 16, 2012 — When Plant City resident Daryl Flowers experienced pain in his side, he shrugged it off as a minor ailment, probably heartburn or gas, and treated himself with over-the-counter medications. After the pain persisted for two weeks, he became convinced it was something more serious and made a trip to South Florida Baptist Hospital’s Emergency Department.
The initial diagnosis was an infection but clinicians also performed an MRI to determine the cause and admitted Flowers to the hospital. General surgeon C.R. Hall, M.D., looked at the results of the MRI and delivered the news to Flowers – there was a mass on his liver. “Because of the size of the tumor, it needed to be removed,” Dr. Hall said.
Having been through five previous back surgeries, Flowers was apprehensive. “Dr. Hall was very informative and told me he would perform the surgery laparoscopically,” he said. “He was reassuring and I put 110 percent trust in him.”
The American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery defines laparoscopic surgery as minimally invasive procedures that involve no large incisions whatsoever. Instead, extremely small incisions are made – only large enough for the insertion of miniscule cameras equipped with microscopes and tiny fiber-optic flashlights.
"Removing Mr. Flowers’ liver tumor via a laparoscopic approach allowed him to recover faster from his operation, and get him home and back to work in half the time that he would have otherwise taken," explained Dr. Hall, who was an Assistant Professor and Minimally Invasive Fellow at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH.
Because of the laparoscopic technique, Flowers’ post-operative experience was surprisingly almost painless. “I thought I would have more pain but there was hardly any,” Flowers said. He returned to his job at Roadrunner Oil and Lube about a week after his surgery.
While not a new procedure to Dr. Hall, the liver resection was the first such surgery conducted at South Florida Baptist Hospital. Flowers is proud to be part of the hospital’s history. “I had been to South Florida Baptist Hospital before and they have been accurate on everything else they’ve done for me,” he said. “I would tell anyone needing health care services to go to South Florida Baptist Hospital – they have the newest techniques and surgeons. Dr. Hall was a 10.”
For more information on laparoscopic surgery or a physician referral, call (813) 644-6721.