480 minimal access surgeries performed in JLNM hospital till date

KL News Network



In keeping with the need of performing surgeries using minimal access techniques the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir initiated a process of setting up a Minimal Access Surgical (MAS) Unit at District Level Hospitals by establishing a dedicated MAS unit at JLNM Hospital, Rainawari in June 2016. Laparoscopic procedures have been a routine in JLNM Hospital along with various other peripheral District Hospitals in past, however the Directorate has come up with a dedicated MAS unit at JLNM Hospital, a statement issued by DHSK here reads.

“Minimal Access Surgery is a Division of General Surgery which is dedicated in performing surgical procedures using minimal access procedures whenever possible. As such, the division has become a leader in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries in the full range of sub-specialties. The surgeons routinely employ minimal access techniques in most of abdominal disorders including hernias and conditions of the stomach, intestines, gallbladder and spleen,” it added.

The MAS unit at JLNM which under the supervision of Medical Superintendent, JLNM Hospital, Dr Nazir Shahdad is headed by Dr Hakeem Vaqar and assisted by Dr Akhtar Ganai. The unit has performed 480 Minimal Access Surgeries till date since its inception which include more than 393 Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies, 40 Laparoscopic Hernia Repair (Both Ventral & Groin), 25 Laparoscopic Appendectomies, 5 Minimally Invasive Procedure for Hemorrhoid (MIPH) besides cases of Laparoscopic Hydatid Liver Excision, Laparoscopic Management of Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancies, and Diagnostic Laparoscopy for Chronic Abdominal Pain and other surgical cases.

The advantages of Minimal Access Surgery is less pain, less blood loss, less wound infection, minimal scaring and patients may enjoy faster recovery and fewer post-surgical complications. As MAS procedures are generally costly and major hospitals are already over burdened, it has proven to be major relief for the patients, especially to those who can’t afford such procedures in Private Hospitals.

Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem ur Rehman while appreciating the efforts of MS JLNM Hospital and the Operative Team has directed the hospital administration to further upgrade the MAS unit of the hospital so as to provide better and quality healthcare to the patients.


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