Surgical trainees with Mr Chris Oppong and other faculty members

A Multinational Operation Hernia Team, led by Mr Chris Oppong, Consultant Surgeon and Chairman of Operation Hernia, have just returned from Rwanda.

Surgical trainees with Mr Chris Oppong and other faculty members

Surgical trainees with Mr Chris Oppong and other faculty members

The course faculty drawn from the UK, Germany and Austria trained 14 first year Surgical Residents in both mesh and tissue repair of groin hernias.

Lectures on almost all aspects of groin hernia surgery were delivered on the first two days of the training course. The most important lecture, on the anatomy of the groin, was delivered by Dr Ralph Lorenz, Consultant Surgeon from Germany. The lectures were followed by hands-on, one-to-one Operating Theatre training at the Central Teaching University Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) and Rwamagana Hospitals. This occupied the next 5 days.

Overall it was a very successful programme which provided essential, high quality training to Rwandan postgraduate surgical trainees. Operation Hernia is most grateful to the other members of course faculty; Mr David Sedgwick (UK), Dr Maik Lechner (Austria), Dr Albrecht Frunder (Germany) and Dr George Ntakiyiruta from Rwanda.

Lecture on the anatomy of the groin

Lecture on the anatomy of the groin

Inguinal hernia repair with affordable (low-cost) polypropylene mesh

Inguinal hernia repair with affordable (low-cost) polypropylene mesh

For this important surgical training course Operation Hernia was in partnership with the Rwanda Legacy of Hope charity. Operation Hernia is also extremely grateful for the enormous support and hospitality received from the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Government of Rwanda.

Following the visit by the Operation Hernia Team an article outlining the visit and its achievements was publishd in the New Times, Rwanda’s Leading English Daily Newspaper:

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2017-03-14/208886/

Chris Oppong

Surgical trainees in the operating theatre. The "Safe Surgery Checklist" can be seen in the background.

Surgical trainees in the operating theatre. The “Safe Surgery Checklist” can be seen in the background.