Dr. Patching completed his General Surgery residency in 1985, at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. In the early 1990s a few centers around the world started to pioneer a new technology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, making it possible to complete major surgery through tiny ¼” incisions with small diameter scopes and instruments. This revolutionary advance greatly reduced pain, length of hospitalization, and led to rapid return to work and normal physical activity. It also reduces surgical complications.
Being intrigued by this advancement, Dr. Patching completed one of the first advanced laparoscopic Fellowships in the world, with Dr. Bernard Dallemagne, in Liege, Belgium, 1993. When he returned to Sacramento, he started one of the first advanced laparoscopic centers on the west coast. He performed one of the first operations in the world that removed a stomach tumor using a strictly laparoscopic technique and presented this technique to The International Congress, Advanced Techniques in Surgery, in Luxembourg, June of 1995.