Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital, which was designated five years ago as a Centre of Excellence for Hernia Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), performs upwards of 570 hernia surgeries each year.
Dr Sabah Adnan al-Kadhi, medical director of Al Wakra Hospital says he is proud of his facility for becoming the first hospital in the Middle East to receive the prestigious accreditation; worldwide, fewer than 1% of hospitals that perform hernia surgeries have earned the accreditation.
The SRC is an independent, patient-safety organisation and the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programmes for surgeons and hospitals around the world. Al Wakra Hospital has also received Centre of Excellence accreditations from the SRC for its Urinary Stone Centre and Bariatric Surgery Centre.
“The Centre of Excellence designation provides patients with the confidence that they are receiving the best possible care from physicians at an institution with a track record of safety and that rigourous standards for delivering safe, effective, evidence-based care have been met,” said Dr al-Kadhi.
“Our physicians and staff have always placed patient safety at the forefront and obtaining this accreditation and re-accreditation reflect and reiterate our commitment to delivering high-quality surgical care. In bestowing the accreditation for our hernia surgery programme, SRC recognised our team’s dedication to placing patient safety at the forefront,” he stated.
Dr al-Kadhi says Al Wakra Hospital, has expanded its hernia surgery service since first being accredited by SRC. He says four years ago the advanced da Vinci Surgical System was introduced as part of the hospital’s robotic surgery programme.
Considered a breakthrough in minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci Surgical System is providing multiple advantages including a monitor that lets surgeons better see inside a patient, a steady robotic arm allowing for more precision, and a record of faster recoveries for patients.
“Many people in our community don’t realise the exceptional level of surgery skills, knowledge, and experience that we have at Al Wakra Hospital. I’m proud of the team we have built and the level of expertise we can offer our patients close to home,” said Dr al-Kadhi.
“Our surgical programme is continuing to expand as we remain focused on providing each patient with an individualised approach to their health problems. The introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System in 2016 has not only allowed us to perform more hernia surgeries but also to get our patients back to their regular life as quickly as possible – with less pain, smaller scars, and a faster recovery,” noted Dr al-Kadhi.
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ, usually the bowel, bulges through a weak area of muscle. Most hernias occur in the abdomen. Hernias are common, affecting men, women, and children. Most hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting.
“Earning this certification signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to hernia surgery patients here at Al Wakra Hospital. It signals that our facility and surgeons are among the best in the specialty and are dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible,” added Dr al-Kadhi.