Surgical training at Al-Hamshari Hospital, Lebanon

Posted on Jan 7, 2016

NORWAC is working with Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) Al-Hamshari hospital in Saida, Lebanon, to train their general surgeons in laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery). Al Hamshari hospital is the central PRCS hospital in Lebanon, established in 1987.

Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred method for performing many general surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery offers the patients several advantages. However all cholecystectomy and hernia operations at Al-Hamshari Hospital are still done by open surgery. This leads to significant patient trauma and risks.

Laparoscopic procedures are more technically challenging for the surgeon than open surgery, so additional skills and training are required to perform them safely. Therefore, NORWAC, with funding from the Norwegian MFA, has begun a two-year project to equip and train three general surgeons and supporting nurses in laparoscopic surgery at Al-Hamshari Hospital. Surgeons and nurses from Oslo University Hospital and American University Hospital in Beirut head the projects.

Benefits of laparascopic surgery:

  • Smaller surgical scars
  • Reduced blood loss during surgery
  • Less pain following surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal activity
  • Reduced risk of infection

By Stein Omar Gjendem