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Basrah Journal of Surgery Editor-in- chief Prof. Thamer A. Hamdan, FRCS Prof. Salam N. Asfar, MSc Information Administrator Dr. Jasim M. Salman, MB,ChB, DA, FICMS Associate Editors Dr. Hashim S. Khayat, FRCS Prof. Mazin H. Al-Hawaz, CABS, FRCS Prof. Zeki A. Al-Faddagh, CABS, FRCS Prof. Issam Merdan CABS, FICMS Assist. Prof. Ali A. Alshawi, FFDRCSI, FDSRCS Assist. Prof. Mazin Abdulsattar, CABS Dr. Zuhair Al-Barazanchi, MSc, PhD National Advisory Board Prof. Ahmad M Al-Abbasi, FRCS Prof. Abdulla M. Jawad, PhD Dr. Hasan K. Muhamed, FRCS Assist. Prof. Tahir A...
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Publisher: Basrah University

Email:  basjsurg95@yahoo.com

Editor-in-chief: Professor Dr. Thamer A. Hamdan, FRCS,FRCP,FACS,FICS

Editor-in-chief: Professor MSc. Salam N. Asfar, MSc

Print ISSN: 1683-3589

Online ISSN: 2409-501X

SEE IT, SAY IT, AND SORT IT

Thamer hamdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 1-2
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2019.162889

The patient's complaint should be considered seriously as the father of medicine
Hippocrates says; Listen to the patient, he is the one concerned, listen to the
patient; he is telling you the diagnosis. This is very true, provided that the patient is
capable of expressing his symptoms and suffering.

PENETRATION OF CEFOTAXIME INTO INTERVERTEBRAL DISCS REMOVED FROM PATIENTS UNDERGOING DISCECTOMY

Thamer A Hamdan; Mohammed S hashim; Nazar S Haddad; Abdullah M Jawad

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 3-9
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2031.162890

The intervertebral disc is an avascular tissue, and penetration of antibiotics occurs by passive
diffusion. Cefotaxime penetration has not been well studied. The aim is to investigate the
penetration of cefotaxime into the intervertebral disc removed from patients undergoing
discectomy.
Twenty-six patients undergoing discectomy were recruited for this study. They were given one
gram of cefotaxime intravenously as a prophylactic antibiotic. Cefotaxime was extracted from
nucleus pulposus and serum and analyzed using an HPLC method with cefuroxime axetil as
internal standard.
Cefotaxime penetrated into all the 26 samples of nucleus pulposus resulting in a mean
concentration of 0.66±0.13 µg/gm. The mean serum concentration at time of disc removal was
13.61±3.54 µg/ml. The concentration in 16 samples were below the minimum inhibitory
concentration against Staph. aureus with an average of 0.27±0.03 µg/g. There is a statistically
significant correlation between time after intravenous cefotaxime administration and its
concentration in the nucleus pulposus. The greater increase is in the third hour after
administration. Factors like age, body weight, gender, number of associated diseases and
surgical history did not seem to affect nucleus pulposus cefotaxime concentration.
In conclusion, cefotaxime can penetrate into the nucleus pulposus but its concentration is
relatively low. This concentration has a strong positive correlation with time after cefotaxime
intravenous administration. Cefotaxime, therefore, needs to be given at least two hours before
disc removal, with re-dosing immediately before operation to maintain high serum concentration.

LOCAL EXPERIENCE OF TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT IN BASRAH

Thamer A Hamdan; Khalil I Sadek; Mohammed Abed Yasir

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 10-15
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2031.162891

LOCAL EXPERIENCE OF TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT IN BASRAH Thamer A Hamdan@, Khalil I Sadek# & Mohammed AbedYasir* @FRCS, FICS, FACS, FRCP, American Board of Neurological & Orthopedic Surgery, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. # FICMS, Orthopedic specialist, Basrah Teaching Hospital. * CABHS Orthopedic specialist, Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital, Basrah, IRAQ. Abstract Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) represents a major advance in the treatment of degenerative joint disease providing excellent restoration of joint function and pain relief. This is a prospective study undertaken in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Basrah Teaching Hospital, from October 2009 to June 2011. Thirty-three patients who underwent primary total knee arthroplasty were included (25 females 75.7% and 8 males 24.2%). The diagnosis was osteoarthritis in 20 knees and rheumatoid arthritis in 13 knees. The operation included primary cemented TKA (25 cruciate-retaining and 8 cruciate-substituting), by anterior approach. The knee function was evaluated by knee society score system. Preoperative functional knee scores were uniformly poor and improved postoperatively with excellent results in 18 knees (54.54%), good in 9 knees (27.27%), fair in 5 knees (15.15%), and poor in 1 knee (3%). Thus, excellent and good results were achieved in 81.8% of the cases (27 of 33 knees). For knee scores, 2 knees (6%) were fair preoperatively and another 31 knees (93.9%) were poor. Post TKA results were excellent in 28 knees (84.84%), good in 5 knees (15.15%), fair in (0%) and poor in (0%). Excellent and good results were achieved in 100% of cases. The most common complications were superficial infection and deep venous thrombosis In conclusion, this study showed good outcome for total knee replacement surgery in our region. Excellent relief of pain, range of motion, and restoration of function. Keywords: Total Knee Replacement, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Basrah, Surgery.



 

TO TREAT OR TO SATISFY THE PATIENT; WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?

Thamer A Hamdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 1-2
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141312

L
uckily, there is increasing interest in patient satisfaction in the present days. Many writers started differentiating between the two issues; treatment or satisfaction. Patient satisfaction is a top priority and it should be the target. Perfect treatment is not always satisfactory to the patient. Some surgeons, sadly, spoil their ideal treatment by misconduct. They are good enough to offer treatment, but not good enough in performing the art of communication, which is really vital. They do not know how to respect the dignity, the honor and rights of the patient. The first meeting is the key for success in achieving life-long friendship or, on the other hand “putting salt on the wound”

SILENT OSTEOPOROSIS IN ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER ORTHOPEDIC DISEASES

Thamer A Hamdan; Mubder A Mohammed Saeed; Saad J Abdulsalam

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 3-8
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141313

Thamer A Hamdan*, Mubder A Mohammed Saeed# & Saad J Abdulsalam@
*FRCS, FRCP, FACS, FICS, Professor Of Orthopedic Surgery, Chancellor of Basrah University. #FICMS, Assistant Professor Of Orthopaedic Surgery, Basrah General Hospital, @FACMS, Orthopedic Surgeon, Al-Karkh General Hospital, Baghdad.

Abstract
Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease. It is a major global health problem that increases dramatically as people getting older than before because of good health services.
The aim of the study is to assess how far osteoporosis is associated with orthopedic diseases and to increase the awareness in the mind of orthopedic surgeons for osteoporosis in patients who are not suspected apparently to have this disease.
A sample of 522 patients referred to Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) clinic by orthopedic surgeons or rheumatologists was taken during a seven months period, in two centers, Basrah, 259 patients and Mosul, 263 patients. All the patients had back pain, joint pain, bone pain, fracture or other musculoskeletal complains. The only method used to assess osteoporosis in our patients was the DXA scan.
Of the total 522 patients, the results of DXA scan was normal in 136 patients (26%), osteopenia in 178 patients (34%), and osteoporosis in 208 patients (40%). Back pain was the main cause of referral 184 (35%), followed by joint pain 138 (26.5%), bone pain 74 (14%), fracture 28 (5.5%), and others 98 (19%).
In conclusion, osteoporosis may be a silent disease, even in patients with complains like joint pain, bone pain, or radicular symptoms.

COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN STAPLER AND HAND SEWING IN GASTROINTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS

Mustafa Adnan Maatooq; ssam Merdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 21-25
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141316

COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN STAPLER AND HAND SEWING IN GASTROINTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS

Mustafa Adnan Maatooq* & Issam Merdan@
*MB,ChB, Board candidate, Al-Sadir Teaching Hospital, Basrah. @MB,ChB, FICMS, CABS, Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Basrah, IRAQ.

Abstract
Gastrointestinal anastomosis is an important part of gastrointestinal operations and can be achieved by hand sewn anastomosis or by the newly developed staplers.
The study aims to compare between the two surgical methods of anastomosis in a prospective , randomized design, regarding: operation time, post operative hospital stay and the incidence of post operative anastomotic leak in both groups. The study was carried out in Department of Surgery at Alsader Teaching Hospital in Basrah, Iraq from October 2015 to December 2016, it included 40 patients of both gender and with a different age, they divided into 2 groups (hand sewn and stapler groups), each group included 20 patients, comparing the following parameters: time of anastomosis, duration of surgery, post operative leak and hospital stay.
There were no significant differences in the age, gender distribution, the indication for resection, post operative anastomotic leak (p=1) and hospital stay (P Value 0.15 ) in both group but there was significant differences in duration of anastomosis (P Value0 .00001) and operation time (P Value 0.00001). Our study concluded the superiority of stapler on hand sewing in gastrointestinal anastomosis in term of reducing operative time.

A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN HARMONIC SCALPEL HEMOSTASIS AND CONVENTIONAL HEMOSTASIS IN TOTAL AND SUBTOTAL THYROIDECTOMY

Mohammed Salim Mohammed; Jasim D Saud; Mansour Amin Mohammed; Mazin H Al-Hawaz

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 15-20
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141315

A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN HARMONIC SCALPEL HEMOSTASIS AND CONVENTIONAL HEMOSTASIS IN TOTAL AND SUBTOTAL THYROIDECTOMY

Mohammed Salim Mohammed*, Jasim D Saud#, Mansour Amin Mohammed$ & Mazin H Al-Hawaz@
*MB,ChB, Board Candidate. #MB,ChB, FICMS, CABS, Consultant Surgeon, Basrah General Hospital. $MB,ChB, DS, CABS, MRCS, Lecturer, Dept. of Surgery, College of Medicine. @ MB,ChB, CABS, DGS, FRCS, Prof. of General Surgery, Basrah Medical College., Basrah, IRAQ.

Abstract
Thyroid gland is highly vascularized organ, so good hemostasis during total or sub-total thyroidectomy is crucial to decrease the complications and to improve the outcome.
This study aimed to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using harmonic scalpel device in comparison with conventional hemostasis for total and subtotal thyroidectomy in terms of operative time, nerves injury, post-operative blood loss, hematoma development, hypocalcemia and length of hospital stay.
This study included 80 patients who underwent total or subtotal thyroidectomy. They were divided into two groups according to the type of hemostasis: conventional hemostasis group and harmonic hemostasis group. Different diseases were included (multinodular goiter, toxic goiter and malignant diseases).
The results showed that time of operation was significantly shorter in the harmonic hemostasis group (79.52±14.98 min) than conventional hemostasis group (100.92 ±10.64 min) with p value 0.0001, also post-operative blood loss was lower in harmonic hemostasis group (52.5±26.23 ml) than conventional hemostasis group (75.13±17.8 ml) with p value 0.0001. Other outcome such as recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, post-operative hematoma, post-operative hypocalcemia and length of hospital stay did not show significant difference between the groups.
In conclusion, using harmonic scalpel device in total or subtotal thyroidectomy reduced the operative time and post-operative blood loss, without any change in the incidence of nerve injury, hematoma, hypocalcemia and the length of hospital stay.

ENDOSCOPIC BIOPSIES , CELIAC DISEASE, SEROLOGICAL TEST

Zahraa A Hashim; Sarkis K Strak; Wassan M Jazi; Sura A AL-Namil

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 34-39
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141318

THE VALUE OF ENDOSCOPIC BIOPSIES FROM FIRST AND SECOND PARTS OF DUODENUM IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF CELIAC DISEASE IN CORRELATION WITH A SEROLOGICAL TEST
Zahraa A Hashim*, Sura A AL-Namil@, Wassan M Jazi# & Sarkis K Strak$
*MB,ChB, Postgraduate board student. @MB,ChB, FIBMS, Consultant pathologist. #MB,ChB, FIBMS, Consultant pathologist, Al-Sadir Teaching Hospital. $MRCP, FRCPLond., FRCPI., Professor of Medicine, University of Basrah, IRAQ.

Abstract
Celiac disease is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy of the small intestine caused by environmental exposure to gluten in genetically susceptible individuals. This study was conducted to evaluate and correlate the serological with histopathological findings of duodenal biopsies for the diagnosis of celiac disease.
Sixty-eight patients, 40 (59%) females whose ages ranged from 13-75 year (mean age 36.4 years), and 28 (41%) males whose ages ranged from 13-65 year (mean age 37.8 years), with symptoms of chronic diarrhea, weight loss, bloating and unexplained iron deficiency anemia, were tested for anti-tissue transglutaminase IgA tTG, and correlated with histopathological findings of duodenal biopsies obtained from 1st and 2nd parts according to modified Marsh's classification. Histopathological findings from the 1st and 2nd duodenal parts were also compared with each other.
The results of the 68 patients who were enrolled in the study showed that: 24(35.3%) patients tested positive for anti-tissue transglutaminase (titer >18U/ml), 37(55.8%) patients had positive histopathological changes (stage I–III). Twenty-three (33.8%) patients who had both positive anti tTG and histopathological changes were classified as a celiac disease. The sensitivity of 1st and 2nd parts of duodenal biopsies in detecting celiac disease were 83.7% and 100% respectively.
In conclusion; the histopathological changes from the 1st and 2nd parts of duodenum in detecting celiac disease were equally representative especially in stage IIIa, b, and c.

TO TREAT OR TO SATISFY THE PATIENT; WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?

Thamer A Hamdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 1-2
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2017.141312

L
uckily, there is increasing interest in patient satisfaction in the present days. Many writers started differentiating between the two issues; treatment or satisfaction. Patient satisfaction is a top priority and it should be the target. Perfect treatment is not always satisfactory to the patient. Some surgeons, sadly, spoil their ideal treatment by misconduct. They are good enough to offer treatment, but not good enough in performing the art of communication, which is really vital. They do not know how to respect the dignity, the honor and rights of the patient. The first meeting is the key for success in achieving life-long friendship or, on the other hand “putting salt on the wound”

TRANSDUODENAL SPHINCTEROPLASTY VERSUS CHOLEDOCHODUODENOSTOMY IN MANAGEMENT OF LOWER COMMON BILE DUCT STONES

Ali H Al-Azzawi

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 33-39
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2012.54970

Common bile duct stones have been noted in 10-15% of patients with gall stones, these stones are either primary (formed in the common bile duct) or secondary (formed in the gallbladder and migrate down to the common bile duct). Their management includes ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Choledochopancreatography), biliary drainage procedure and choledochal exploration.
In this interventional study, we compare between transduodenal sphincteroplasty and choledochoduodenostomy regarding morbidity (anastamotic and duodenal leak, cholangitis, and pancreatitis) and mortality related to each surgical option.
A review of 68 patients with lower common bile duct stones presents with different clinical presentations in an interventional study carried in Basrah General Hospital and Al–Moussawi Private Hospital, 22 patients underwent transduodenal sphincteroplasty and, 46 patients underwent choledochoduodenostomy. Both groups received general anesthesia and comparable in age and sex. Statistical analysis done by SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) version 18.
Age and sex are comparable in both groups, the incidence of postoperative cholangitis is 9.09% in the transduodenal sphincteroplasty group and 32.6%in choledochoduodenostomy group which is statistically significant (P value 0.01). The incidence of duodenal and anastamotic leak is 13.6% and 10.9% in transduodenal sphincteroplasty and choledochoduodenostomy group respectively which is statistically not significant (P value 0.707). The incidence of postoperative pancreatitis is 0% and 8.7% in transduodenal sphincteroplasty and choledochoduodenostomy group respectively which is statistically not significant (P value 0.296). The mortality is 0% after transduodenal sphincteroplasty and 6.5% after choledochoduodenostomy.
In conclusion, transduodenal sphincteroplasty is better than choledochoduodenostomy in the management of lower common bile duct stones, less postoperative cholangitis, pancreatitis, and lower mortality rate.

SONOGRAPHIC EVALUATION OF RIGHT UPPER QUADRANT ABDOMINAL PAIN

Amer H Alkhuzaie

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 66-69
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2014.91013

A large number of conditions can cause right upper quadrant abdominal pain. The aim of this paper is to report the sonographic abnormalities associated with right upper quadrant abdominal pain in a sample of 155 adult patients from Basrah. During the period from 1st of March to 1st of July 2013, 155 adult patients aged between 20 to 70 years (107 females, 48 males) with right upper quadrant abdominal pain were observed at The Port Hospital and private clinics in Basrah. A detailed medical history was taken and a thorough physical examination was made. All the patients were examined with abdominal ultrasound with aim of detecting any sonographic abnormalities that can help in the diagnosis and treatment of the patients. Eight patients had no sonographic abnormalities, 197 ultra-sonographic abnormalities were detected in 147 patients. Genito-urinary abnormalities were found in 95 patients, hepato-biliary abnormalities were found in 82 patients and gastrointestinal abnormalities were found in 20 patients. In conclusion, genito-urinary sonographic abnormalities found to be the most common sonographic abnormalities associated with upper quadrant abdominal pain as it were found in 95 patients (48%).

GIANT FIBROADENOMA; CASE REPORT AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Issam Merdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 0-0
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2006.55319

Introduction
For a variety of reasons, giant breast tumors continue to pose a challenge in diagnosis and management. These tumors are poorly understood because of their rarity and unpredictable behavior. Their rapid growth, associated with skin congestion and ulceration, and tendency to recur, gives rise to a suspicion of malignancy1,2. In addition, owing to the varied histological features seen in these tumors, there have been widely varying interpretations and diagnoses by pathologists3. This has led to inappropriate, and at times unnecessarily radical, surgical therapy. In the 1950s, breasts were amputated for this relatively non-threatening condition4. However, the present trend is towards more conservative management. In order to ensure proper surgical management, an under-standing of the natural history of the disease and its biologic behavior is essential. Bas J Surg, March, 12 2006

HEMORRHOIDAL ARTERY LIGATION WITH RECTO-ANAL REPAIR VERSUS TRADITIONAL HEMORRHOID-ECTOMY, A COMPARATIVE STUDY

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 24, Issue 2, Pages 61-66
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2018.160090

Hemorrhoids, are vascular structures present in the anal canal as cushions that facilitate stool control. When swollen or inflamed they are regarded as hemorrhoidal disease; sometimes they are asymptomatic specially in the internal type which are presented with painless rectal bleeding while external type may present with painful swelling.
Although the traditional open hemorrhoidectomy (Milligan Morgan) is standard and effective technique, it is associated with many complications; the most important is post-operative pain and delayed return to normal activities. Nowadays Doppler-guided hemorrhoidal artery ligation (DG-HAL) with recto-anal repair (RAR) is a minimally-invasive technique for hemorrhoids, it is developed recently to overcome these complications.
The purpose of this prospective study is to compare between the classical open hemorrhoidectomy and HAL-RAR procedure, by assessment of post-operative pain, postoperative complications and outcome of the procedures.
This prospective, study was done between September 2014 and September 2016. Ninety six patients complaining of hemorrhoids were studied at Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital, Basrah, Iraq. They were divided equally into two groups; group A and B, group A underwent surgery by DG HAL and RAR, and group B were subjected to traditional procedure. Patients were followed for one year by evaluation at 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year.
In conclusion, DG-HAL with RAR is an effective technique compared with traditional hemorrhoidectomy regarding complications, postoperative pain, in hospital stay, and time of return to normal activities.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALITY OF CARE AND ITS OUTCOME.

MAJEED H ALWAN

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 0-0
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2008.55531

Quality assurance and performance evaluations, have become central issues in medicine.
There are several studies which indicates that general patients care is suboptimal in many
different medical conditions and clinical settings1,2. Delivering high-quality care is important to all
clinicians, but this issue may be more relevant to certain subgroups, such as those with less
specialised training and those who deal with smaller number of patients3. There is also a
general believe that the longer clinicians are in practice the more experienced they will be, and
therefore it is assumed that this group of medical doctors are able to provide a high quality of
care. But there are some studies that found a consistently or partially negative association. The
aim of this report is to discuss this subject further and reach some conclusions.

GIANT FIBROADENOMA; CASE REPORT AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Issam Merdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 0-0
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2006.55319

Introduction
For a variety of reasons, giant breast tumors continue to pose a challenge in diagnosis and management. These tumors are poorly understood because of their rarity and unpredictable behavior. Their rapid growth, associated with skin congestion and ulceration, and tendency to recur, gives rise to a suspicion of malignancy1,2. In addition, owing to the varied histological features seen in these tumors, there have been widely varying interpretations and diagnoses by pathologists3. This has led to inappropriate, and at times unnecessarily radical, surgical therapy. In the 1950s, breasts were amputated for this relatively non-threatening condition4. However, the present trend is towards more conservative management. In order to ensure proper surgical management, an under-standing of the natural history of the disease and its biologic behavior is essential. Bas J Surg, March, 12 2006

SURVEY OF URINARY TRACT CALCULI IN SULEIMANIYAH

Ismaeel Ham Ameen

Basrah Journal of Surgery, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 87-88
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2004.55603

A total of 1339 patients operated on from 1994 to 2000 for urinary tract calculi. There were 851 male patients (63.5%) and 488 female patients (36.5%) with 891 renal stones. Three hundred eighty three ureteric stones and 103 vesical stones. The age incidence, sex differences, anatomical sites, residency and seasonal variation were studied.

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