The Essential Surgical Conditions

15 surgical conditions for which basic interventions exist can provide coverage for approximately 80% of the most basic surgical needs of a community; particularly in rural and low resource areas where doctors are scarce.  These interventions can be provided by non-physician providers and medical officers who receive specific and narrow training in targeted surgical procedures.

These conditions include:

  • Neglected obstructed labour resulting in obstetric fistula
  • Severe post-partum hemorrhage requiring surgical care
  • Infections resulting in abscesses that require drainage
  • Severe wounds
  • Severe head injury
  • Airway obstruction
  • Chest injury and infections
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Severe limb ischemia
  • Urinary outflow obstruction
  • Hernias
  • Cataracts
  • Clubfoot
  • Cleft lip