Modern surgical techniques and the way they can be accessible to all was the main topic of Prof. Linos’ interview hosted at health.in.gr.
Prof. Linos made a particular reference to laparoscopic surgery, one of the pioneers in Greece in 1991. He stressed that, despite the initial skepticism this surgical method caused mainly because of its high cost, nowadays it is commonly accepted that the total cost of most endoscopic surgeries is lower compared to “open” classical surgery, since hospitalization is shorter, patients return to work sooner and there are fewer complications. Better results and fewer complications are the parameters that prove that, while innovative equipment and materials may be pricy, costs in the end are balanced out. However, Professor Linos stressed that attention must be paid to the selection of the equipment and materials used in each case. Despite the adverse economic conditions, he pointed out, that both the Greek state and the pension funds must explore which of the innovative technologies is best suited for each patient and only cover the costs for the selected method.
In response to the crucial question on the criteria applied to decide on the appropriate for each case surgical method, Professor Linos mentioned characteristically: “The surgeon, and especially the academic teacher, must be a pioneer in applying innovative technologies. However, at the same time he must also strictly judge any new technology which has not yet proved its benefits for the patient but instead may be costly and profitable only for the company that trades it”. He also stressed the significant role of scientific societies, both Greek and international, in developing guidelines to highlight the real benefits of a new technology, as well as the need for cooperation and objective assessment of any new technology and technique in order to advance modern surgery.
The full interview is available at: