Cutting it fine

Mary Chay, 61, was uneasy when she regularly found blood in her stools, and went to see her doctor, who advised her to have a colonoscopy.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 12:00am

Few signs of inner turmoil

Elizabeth Lee, 53, was constantly constipated and felt dizzy every time she stood up from her desk at work. Lee (name changed for patient confidentiality reasons) put these changes down to menopause. But when her daughter, who is based in Australia, saw how pale and fatigued her mother had become since her last trip to Hong Kong, she quickly arranged a doctor's appointment.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Coroner told of patient's bleeding

An inquest to decide whether a 51-year-old cancer patient died from her surgical wounds has heard that blood was gushing inside her body when she was found on the floor of her ward.

Wong Choi-ngor died less than five hours after suffering heavy internal bleeding, the coroner's court was told yesterday.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Keyhole surgery technique could be more acceptable autopsy option

The same techniques as used in keyhole surgery can be used in a new approach to autopsies, avoiding extensive visible scarring and making the procedure more acceptable for the families of the deceased, the University of Hong Kong said yesterday.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Keyhole surgery helps cancer sufferers

Patients with early-stage cancers of the stomach and oesophagus may benefit from a keyhole surgery procedure which United Christian Hospital has been trying out for the past six years, doctors said.

The surgery is performed using an endoscope which is fed into the patient's oesophagus or stomach via the mouth.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Private hospital offers less stressful endoscopy for patients

A private hospital is offering a new form of endoscopy - the process by which a tube with a tiny camera is inserted down a patient's throat - which it says is less stressful for patients and less likely to cause damage.

The tube used in the new process is just 5mm in diameter, about half the size of a conventional endoscope.

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

High dose contributed to death, says coroner

A coroner yesterday found that the death of a 64-year-old man who fell into a coma after an endoscopy and died two weeks later was partly related to too high a drug dose administered before the medical procedure.

13 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Drug dose was too high, coroner told

A 64-year-old man who fell into a coma after an endoscopy and later died had been given too high a drug dose before the procedure, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

12 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Keyhole surgery beamed live to Europe conference

A keyhole surgery procedure performed by Hong Kong doctors was beamed live to 2,000 medics at a conference in Europe yesterday.

A team of surgeons at United Christian Hospital was seen successfully cutting 30cm of intestine from a 61-year-old male rectal cancer patient without opening his abdomen.

17 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Surgeon's fate in balance over telephone chat

The Hospital Authority's complaints committee was locked in a meeting last night to decide the fate of a surgeon who had a conversation on a mobile phone during an operation.

The Queen Mary Hospital medical officer, surnamed Tung, was accused of having a mobile phone conversation while performing keyhole surgery on taxi driver Chung Chi-cheong in May.

3 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

'Surgeon on phone' testimony

A patient who revealed that a dcotor had chatted on a mobile phone while performing keyhole surgery on him gave evidence to a Hospital Authority panel yesterday.

Taxi driver Chung Chi-cheong said his 2.5-hour meeting with the authority's public complaints committee went 'extremely well'.

19 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Mobile phone doctor 'treated unfairly'

The Hospital Authority is to be told it has treated a doctor who used a mobile phone during an operation unfairly.

It is understood the authority's legal team is assessing the amount of compensation the patient involved should be paid.

The Queen Mary Hospital surgeon, surnamed Tung, has been removed from all clinical duties.

15 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Inquiry into patient's phone complaint delay

An investigation has been launched into the time it took for Queen Mary Hospital to respond to a patient who alleged a surgeon talked on a mobile phone during an operation.

The Hospital Authority Public Complaints Committee has asked the hospital's administration to submit a report on the case within two weeks.

30 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Surgeon operated 'while on phone'

A surgeon used a mobile phone to discuss the sale of a car while performing an operation, it was alleged last night.

The patient, who was undergoing keyhole surgery in Queen Mary Hospital, had only been given painkillers and sedatives and said he was aware of what was going on around him.

26 Oct 1999 - 12:00am