September 2019, Muscat: The surgical departments of the Royal Hospital have performed a total of 17,322 surgeries in 2018. Around 12,987 of the surgeries were performed on adults, while 4,335 were performed on children, according to the Ministry of Health 2018 statistics.
The surgical cases that have been performed in the general surgery departments were varied, and they included the vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, liver & pancreas surgery, upper gastrointestinal & obesity surgery, organ transplant surgery, breast surgery and endocrine surgery.
The surgical operations were performed in double shifts for several reasons; it was done in order to reduce the waiting time for patients’ appointments, to accelerate the pace of work, keeping pace with the increasing number of patients from various governorates of the Sultanate and to promote the health care quality in the hospital, while the surgical operation rooms are prepared to receive emergency cases on a 24-hour basis.
In accordance with the applicable international standards, the Royal Hospital developed a specific process in surgical appointments for the patients, including considering the patient’s health status and the need for surgical intervention, and patient waiting lists, noting any emergency case requiring immediate surgical intervention, the patient will undergo the operation directly.
The Royal Hospital strives to improve and promote the theoretical and applied skills of medical staff in different surgical operations through organizing workshops and conferences, attracting expertise in general surgery, as well as highlighting the latest medical developments in this field.
The Royal Hospital has made remarkable achievements in the field of surgery, most notably the department has received a recognition certificate as a specialized training center in general surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK, along with certifying it as a center for performing the fellowship examinations of the Royal University.
The General Surgery Department seeks to introduce state-of-art surgical services, in order to move from performing open surgeries to applying endoscopy procedures, since the latter is known for having low side effects and shortened recovery period of the patient.
The Royal Hospital is further encouraging studies and researches in various surgical fields. A number of studies have been published in international medical journals and magazines, receiving broad praise and commendation of the international health institutions for their contribution in healthcare advancement.