The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) over the past three weeks completed a back log of surgeries in its ‘Operation Hernia’.
The hospital says that it has a far way to go and will continue with similar projects as it seeks to expand its services.
The public medical institution had a backlog of persons in need of corrective Hernia operations and since November 26 this year, the hospital completed surgery on 50 persons from Georgetown and surrounding areas.
Dr. Navindranauth Ramberan, Head of the General Surgery Department at a news conference Tuesday noted that the completion of the project is a phenomenal achievement for the GPHC.
He explained that a similar exercise was conducted at the New Amsterdam Hospital.
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.
Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas.
Most hernias aren’t immediately life-threatening, but they don’t go away on their own. Sometimes they can require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.
According to Dr. Ramberan, the surgery department, in an effort to help their patients, exhausted its resources. He said that most patients were operated on and discharged within a 24-hour period.
Chief Executive Officer of the public hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d.) George Lewis, said this operation was a unique experience to provide relief to some of their patients.
Brigadier Lewis explained that in 2018 the number of surgeries at the Georgetown Hospital climbed when compared to 2017.
Because of the tremendous success of this operation, the CEO announced that in early 2019, patients can look forward to the introduction of ‘Operation Fibroids’ and others in an effort to reduce backlogs in surgeries at the medical institution.