LAMB Hospital has three operating theatres.
Both emergency surgery and a wide variety of elective surgery are performed.
Elective surgery includes but is not limited to:
– Abdominal, head and neck, breast, urology, plastic and limited orthopedics
– Cleft lips and palates
– Burn contracture (release and skin grafting, followed by use of pressure garments)
– Minor, e.g. abscesses
The non-obstetric/ gynaecological work is mostly covered by the resident expatriate General Surgeon. There are periods when this is not available, although shorter term visiting surgeons help to cover gaps.
In addition to the resident capability, occasional visits by specialized surgeons for one-two week ‘camps’ enable a large number of operations for particular problems. With both cleft and fistula problems being common in Bangladesh, these camps bring huge benefits to individuals in poorer communities. The operations are normally enabled through grants from Operation Cleft (Australia) and EngenderHealth (USAID).
Surgery is enabled by anesthesia services include spinal, ketamine and general anesthesia with halothane. Specific skilled nursing staff have been trained (both locally by visiting expatriate anaesthetists as well as overseas) to give anesthesia under the supervision of the resident surgeon.