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9 Doctors in Southeast Acquired Minimally Invasive Surgery. Doctors learned VATS and Small-Thoractomy Techniques at Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson K.K. Medical Company (Headquarters: Tokyo, Chiyoda-Ku, President: Tamotsu Hiiro, J&J) offered training opportunities to nine doctors from Southeast Asia at Johnson & Johnson Institute’ training facility for medical professionals, Tokyo Science Center located in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Oct. 27th Friday. Providing training opportunity contributes to improve medical standards in Asia. In addition, it was first time to expose the training at the facility to media.

In the training on Oct. 27th, doctors spend for 2 hours, assuming surgical operation of lung cancer. They acquired minimally invasive surgery by thoracic and small-thoracic surgery that its needs are increasing in Southeast Asia but it is not fully utilized.

Nine doctors from Thailand, Myanmar and Philippine attended at the training. Surgical penetration within incidence of lung cancer is lower in each country compared to Japan. According to Internal Procedure Database by SEA reimbursement study*1, Thailand is 19% (65% of patients in stage 4), and Philippine is 31% (35% of patients in stage 4) in contrast with 82% in Japan. The study shows that it is an issue that surgery should be more widely used in each country in the future. Moreover, Japan reaches to 41% in Lap penetration of Lung cancer within Thoracic surgery; however, it is 14% in Thailand, 11% in Philippine, and N/A in Myanmar. The study shows that Lap of lung cancer within Thoracic surgery is not common to be widely used in each country*2. Doctors practiced surgical operation using simulated organs while replacing surgeon and assistant mutually.

*1 *2 (Source) Internal procedure database, Government websites, SEA reimbursement study

Comments of participants at training

“In Thailand, there is a training of thoracic surgery but the method is always changing. In Japan, various medical technologies have developed and we were able to learn how to do the latest thoracic surgery. I would like to bring the surgical method I learned through this training back to Thailand and utilize it.”
(Dr. Sira Laohathai from Thailand)

“In Myanmar, undergoing thoracic surgery is only 2% of the total patients. Through the training, I could see the skills of Japanese doctors directly and learned new techniques. I would like to use it to improve the medical standards of Myanmar for future”
(Dr. Tint Zaw Oo from Myanmar)

“I was able to improve my skills with the equipment at the Johnson & Johnson Institute. I felt it was easy to use compared with the equipment of my country. I would like to contribute for patients in my country with the technology I learned through this training”
(Dr. Roberto Gerardo Ignacio from Philippine)

The comment of the faculty doctor, Dr. Masahiro Tsuboi, Chief and Director of Division of Thoracic Surgery & Oncology at National Cancer Center Hospital East. He says “The basic operations of surgery are peeling (peeling), cutting (incision), dividing (developing) and connecting (ligating). These will be involved in the technical aspects for performing good surgery. I think that participants of the training has gotten to master these basics. Through this opportunity with doctors from Southeast Asia, we would be able to expand relationship between Japan and Southeast Asian countries. And also, Japan should contribute more to improve medial standards as one of members of Asia. In that sense, the efforts of Johnson & Johnson Institute are very significant. I would like to offer such opportunities more as involving Japanese medical institutions.”

Training scene of October 27. Acquiring the minimally invasive surgery by displaying the inside of the simulated organ on the monitor.

Doctors who participated in the training.
3rd anniversary at Tokyo Science Center.