Iranian surgeons learned much during imposed war, says health official

The scientific level of Iranian general surgeons improved dramatically during the Iraqi imposed war (1980-88), says the head of Iranian Association of General Surgeons (IAGS).

“Iranian surgeons are highly skilled in carrying out emergency and trauma surgeries due to the high number of such cases during the eight-year war,’ Dr. Behzad Rahmani told Iran Daily in an exclusive interview published by the paper on Monday.

‘Today, we are still using the experiences we gained in that period,” Rahmani added.

He put the number of general surgeons in Iran at 5,000, adding Iran requires 8,000 general surgeons to meet the needs of its growing population.

“The existing number of surgeons has met the needs of the country’s patients through their considerable efforts’ he said.

Upper gastrointestinal surgery is the most common surgical operation in Iran, said the IAGS’s head.

He listed thyroid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast surgery as the other highly frequent surgical operations in the country respectively.

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