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Guest: Doctor Clint Streetman discusses Minimally Invasive Surgery in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Doctor Clint Streetman, a surgeon with Columbus Regional Medical Group, visited the WTVM studio this afternoon to talk about a community lecture he will be giving on minimally invasive surgery.

Streetman says he will be discussing the development of minimally invasive surgery, and what is available in Columbus.

Minimally invasive surgery was introduced in the 80s and became increasingly popular due to the lessened amount of pain and healing time involved.

"Now you see all this advertisement on the robotic stuff," says Streetman. "There are some new things out there, from minimally invasive surgery to incisionless.

Streetman could not go into detail on how these types of procedures work, but Chuck Leonard recalled Streetman's description of removing a gallbladder through a person's throat. "In the old days, you had to slice people open to get the gallbladder out. And then you went to the three-prong thing," Leonard recalled.

"Now there's single chord incisions with the robot. So you used to stay in the hospital up to six weeks for a gall bladder. Now, most of those are done in outpatient procedure."    

Streetman's lecture will take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday, October 24, at Houghston Hospital in the Varsity Room, as part of the Community Lecture Series.

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