Laparoscopy in the Caribbean
First St. Lucia, now Barbados----and with Fanfare!
The launching of advanced gynecologic endoscopy in
Barbados on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, under the banner of CariGES
exceeded all my expectations. Dr. J. Eltora Bennett was the principal
architect. The ceremonial function was held at the prestigious Sandy
Lane Hotel. In attendance were more than 120 guests including
physicians, ministers of government, officials of the health care
systems, both private and public sectors, and well wishers. The minister
of health the Honorable Donville Inniss and the minister of tourism the
Honorable Richard Sealy congratulated Dr. Bennett on her innovative
spirit and perceived the venture to be a significant step in the
development of tourist medicine.
CariGES Launch at Sandy Lane Hotel
Photo (Left to right):
Dr. LaFond, Dr. Bennett,
Doctor, The Hon. Esther Byer-Suckoo - minister of youth, family and sport,
Hon Donville Inniss - minister of
health, Dr. John George and Mr. Karl Williams.
And while the guests applauded the successful
completion of the first surgical procedure conducted that morning,
Doctor, the Honorable Esther Byer-Suckoo minister of youth, family and
sport voiced a word of caution since her medical knowledge made it
imperative that she wait until several days following surgery to
consider it a success. We, the providers were apprehensive that we had
aroused a prominent audience who would be critically awaiting the
results of the operations on the other ten patients during the course of
the next four days. But we should take a moment to reflect upon the
activities that led to the launch.
Dr. Bennett had attended all but one of the six
laparoscopy training sessions that I conducted in St. Lucia.
Dr. Bennett practices maneuvers on a pelvic trainer in St. Lucia under
the watchful eyes of Dr. Bishop, left and Dr. George, right.
I also gave her a tour of our operating room
facilities at the Washington Hospital Center. At all of the sessions in
St. Lucia her patients accompanied her from Barbados to receive
laparoscopic management of their fibroids so that they would experience
less post-operative pain and a shorter period of disability compared to
the traditional open procedure. Despite this Dr. Bennett was aware of
the reluctance of some of her patients to make the trip to St. Lucia and
therefore decided to provide the services in Barbados.
(Left to right): Dr. LaFond, Nurse Dixon, Dr. Bennett,
George smile following a successful operation in St. Lucia.
After completing the sixth session in St. Lucia in
October, she invited me to Barbados to assist her in conducting the
first advanced Gyn laparoscopic surgical procedures on the Island at
Bayview Hospital from November 3-6.
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