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Operation Santa Claus

Santa & Mrs. Clause

Dennis and Marie Green have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 21 years. The couple from Greenwood, South Carolina began the holiday tradition at Dennis’s annual Christmas party. His jolly beard and her twinkling smile reminded friends and co-workers of the holiday’s most celebrated duo.

The Greens began visiting churches and family-friendly establishments each holiday season to listen to Christmas wishes from children throughout the community.

In October, Green had bypass surgery at Lexington Medical Center after experiencing severe angina, a type of chest pain that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.

Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Lexington Medical Center’s cardiology team made sure Santa was healthy in time for Christmas.

“I was very impressed with the level of care I received from Dr. Travis, Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and the nurses at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dennis Green, a.k.a. Santa Claus.

He was back to taking Christmas lists from children after just two weeks.

“I didn’t have to shave my beard for surgery, which is very important this time of year,” added Green.

Cardiac surgery is a powerful treatment that restores heart function and saves lives. It’s one of the most critical components of the complete heart and vascular program at Lexington Medical Center.

Merry Christmas.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in the Columbia area to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). The state-of-the-art procedure is designed to limit scarring, reduce post-surgery pain and shorten recovery time.

“Single incision surgery represents the next step in advancement in the field of surgery,” said Dr. Jeffrey Libbey of the Southern Surgical Group. Dr. Libbey has performed Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery at Lexington Medical Center since September, 2008.

Gone are the days when surgery created large incisions in a patient’s abdomen. The technology is even evolving from general laparoscopic surgery, where a doctor makes 3 to 5 small incisions.

In Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, surgeons make one incision in the patient’s belly button and pass multiple instruments through the abdomen. The procedure incorporates new instruments that bend in order to accomplish the task.

“The appeal is one incision,” said Dr. Libbey. “There are fewer scars.”

Since completing specialized SILS training at Gwinnett Medical Center near Atlanta, Dr. Libbey has performed approximately 25 gall bladder operations with SILS at Lexington Medical Center. Dr. Douglas Reid of the Southern Surgical Group is also performing the procedure.

“Patients do not have any visible incisions. They all seem to have less pain. Their recovery seems like it’s going to be faster,” Dr. Libbey said.

So far, the doctors at Lexington Medical Center have used SILS for gall bladder patients. According to Dr. Libbey, the surgery may be a good option for hernia operations and appendectomies in the future.

For now, options for patients who need abdominal surgery have never looked better.