Microsurgery Training Laboratory Established in Mother Theresa University Hospital
Microsurgery is surgery requiring an operating microscope. It enables anastomosis (reconnection) of small blood vessels and nerves and this allows transfer of tissue from one part of the body to another and re-attachment of severed parts. This is essential for treatment of damaged skin due to tumours or traumas.
Microsurgical techniques are utilized by general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, gynaecological surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, and paediatric surgery.
Mother Theresa University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tirana sought our support to establish a Microsurgery Training Laboratory within MTUH. This initiative fitted perfectly with our mission to assist long term and lasting improvements in Albanian and Kosovar surgical services.
With the generous support of the public and all our fundraisers and of Irish Aid we were delighted to be able to help achieve the vision for a top-class facility which can train surgeons locally.
MTUH has one operating microscope which is several decades old but still functional. However two more microscopes were needed to enable group training. These microscopes come fitted with monitors which enable tutors and other students to observe the surgeons working.
Our chairman Mr Jack McCann assisted with the sourcing of the microscopes. We are grateful to Laboratory Instruments & Supplies of Ashbourne for supplying the equipment and to Priority Freight of Dover for looking after the transportation of this delicate cargo. Both companies supported the work with large discounts.
In July Mr Jack McCann travelled to Tirana and helped the local team to set up the laboratory in a dedicated room with the Dept of Neurosurgery in MTUH. Jack and local tutor Dr Ridvan he delivered the first week of training to 9 Albanian surgeons and 3 Kosovar surgeons from Prishtina University Hospital.
The welcome for the new facility was fantastic and this is an auspicious beginning for a surgical specialty that will benefit the populations of Albania and many Balkan countries for decades to come.