Srinagar: The Minimal Access Surgical (MAS) unit at Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital, Srinagar has performed 2004 minimal access surgeries by November 15, 2018 since its inception, officials said.
Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr. Kunzes Dolma, has complimented the operative team and the administration for achieving the milestone in a short span of time and has assured of full support in upgrading this facility and making it efficient for patient care.
A statement issued the directorate of heath services said that the main feature of the “high output surgical unit” is that all surgeries are performed through small buttonhole incision using high end equipment.
These surgeries include gall bladder, appendix, ventral and inguinal hernias, varicoceles, orchidopexy, orchidectomy, hydatid cyst liver, ovarian cyst, ectopic pregnancy and diagnostic laparoscopic procedures for chronic abdominal pain, infertility and staging for malignancy.
Laparoscopic procedures have been a routine in JLNM Hospital along with various other peripheral district hospitals. In additional to this work the unit has been imparting training to the surgeons and O.T Staff of various hospitals of the valley including those from teaching hospital and hospitals of Ladakh region.
The MAS under administrative support and supervision of Dr. Zakir Hussain, Medical Superintendent, is headed by Dr. H. Vaqar Ahmad assisted by qualified Minimal Access Surgeon Dr. Akhter Ganai and supported by a team of experienced surgeons, urologist, anesthesiologist.