The Department of General Surgery began its work with modest means in 1968, immediately at the inception of Makassed Hospital after the occupation of the holy city of Jerusalem in 1967. It has evolved gradually until it became a department that matches the surgical departments in developed countries. The department’s growth and development culminated in a scientific and educational triumph in the year 1988 when it was fully accredited and recognized by the Jordanian Medical Board, then later by the Arab Board for Medical Specialization and finally by the Palestinian Medical Board. Moreover, the Department of General Surgery at Makassed Hospital provides educational opportunities for Al Quds University’s School of Medicine since its establishement, as well as for the schools of nursing, dentistry and others.
Currently working at the Department of General Surgery is a number of consultant doctors in general, vascular and laparoscopic surgery. Also working there are approximately 15 resident doctors in the process of training and qualifying in the specialization of general surgery (in preparation for receiving their Board certification in this field of medicine) distributed along 5 years of training.
What the surgery department has provided to our people during its successive intifadas bears witness to the scale and range of its abilities, as thousands of delicate operations were performed on serious injuries resulting from live ammunition, bombs, rubber bullets and all forms of severe beatings, thus turning the department and Makassed into the main referral hospital nationwide for such incidents and emergencies.
The most important operations performed by the Department of General Surgery are:
- All kinds of general surgical operations, large, medium, and small-sized.
- Laparoscopic surgery including diagnostic laparoscopy, cholecystectomy, bariatric and esophageal surgery, sympathectomy, and renal gland re-section. The department is in the process of developing these types of surgeries to include all kinds of internal surgeries.
- Digestive system surgery which includes hepatobiliary surgery – liver, pancreas and bile ducts, the removal of benign and malignant liver tumors, and surgery of the stomach, the duodenum, , small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.
- Endocrine surgery (partial and complete eradication of the thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary glands).
- Breast surgery of all kinds.
- Tumor surgery of all kinds.
- Peripheral artery and vein operations.
- Soft tissue operations (abdominal hernia correction surgery).
- Emergencies and accidents.
Connected to the department is an intensive care unit composed of 6 beds.
Pediatric Surgery Division
Work began at the pediatric surgery division in 1996, and the primary medical concerns for this division are as follows:
- Developmental disabilities.
- Digestive and reproductive abnormalities.
- Surgery of thoracic and abdominal organs.
- Injuries from fires and accidents.
- Cancerous tumors.
- Metabolic disorders and nutritional imbalances inherited from parents at the neonatal and early childhood periods.