Transforming Health Care With Cutting-Edge Surgical Capabilities

By harnessing the transformative power of innovation, Island Hospital continues to set new benchmarks in medicine, ensuring that it is able to provide the best possible care to all patients.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 – Just six months ago, a five-month-old baby from Indonesia arrived at Island Hospital in a dire condition. Baby Zehan had a massive teratoma in his abdomen that was affecting major organs and hindering his breathing.

“Baby Zehan was literally gasping for breath and had to be intubated. He was in the intensive care unit (ICU) for several days to stabilise his condition for surgery,” recounted adult and paediatric surgeon Dr Badrul Hisham Yeap, who handled the complex case.

Nevertheless, well-versed about the baby’s condition, he was confident that he and his team could treat this condition.

During the surgery to remove the tumour, Dr. Badrul discovered that it had encased a major blood vessel in the liver, and he had to perform a rare procedure where he resected a segment of the blood vessel before reconstructing it.

However, the surgery went well, and Baby Zehan was able to head home to Indonesia six weeks later. 

In early June, Baby Zehan reunited with Dr Badrul and his team upon returning for a follow-up visit, and the doctors were amazed by how much he was thriving.

This success in treating a complex case is just one example of Island Hospital’s dedication to advancing surgical care, including in niche specialities like paediatric surgery. 

“With a reputation for excellence built across over two decades, we continually push the boundaries of innovation to deliver exceptional person-centred care. Our investment in technological advancements and clinical expertise has seen us carve a strong footing as a leader in surgical practice,” said Lim Kooi Ling, chief of staff of Island Hospital.  

Among others, the hospital is one of only a few in the country that offer the Whipple Procedure, which has been performed more than 150 times by its surgeons over the past four years. 

With the advent of minimally invasive surgeries, which are often favoured due to their typically shorter recovery process and lesser pain and blood loss, Island Hospital is cognisant of the significance of investing in robotic surgery systems.

The hospital is currently the only one in Malaysia that is equipped with a full suite of the latest robotic surgery systems such as the ROSA for knee replacements, Excelsus GPS Spine Robot, BioBot MonaLisa Robotic Prostate Biopsy System and daVinci Xi.

In the past year, Island Hospital has conducted more than 150 robot targeted biopsies using the BioBot MonaLisa system, which has a superior cancer detection rate and reduced complication rates compared to traditional biopsies.

“Robotic prostatectomy, on the other hand, is a cutting-edge minimally invasive procedure that offers greater precision, reduced surgery time and improved outcomes. At Island Hospital, the length of hospital stays for patients who undergo this procedure has been reduced by a third,” shared Lim.

Meanwhile, in the field of orthopaedics, the surgical team at Island Hospital has over two years of experience in utilising the ROSA for knee replacement surgeries, which allows them to achieve unprecedented levels of precision, resulting in enhanced patient outcomes.

“With active collaboration with leading medical technology providers, we are able to offer patients minimally invasive alternatives with increased accuracy, better outcomes and shorter healing time,” concluded Lim.

A prominent medical tourism hospital that contributes significantly to Malaysia’s medical tourism industry, the Penang-based Island Hospital is one of four finalists participating in the premier Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital programme by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council.

By harnessing the transformative power of innovation in the field of surgery, the hospital continues to set new benchmarks in medicine, ensuring that it is able to provide the best possible care to all patients.

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