Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Abdominal Surgery

Ahmad Zaghal

American University of Beirut

An assistant professor of clinical surgery and pediatric surgeon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), Lebanon, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (May 2019), certified by the European Board of Pediatric Surgery (Oct 2017) and the Lebanese Board of General Surgery (Mar 2016).


Arwa El-Rifai

American University of Beirut

Dr. Arwa El Rifai is a postgraduate year-5 general surgery resident at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. She currently holds the executive chief resident position and is thus involved in several administrative committees across the hospital. She wishes to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric surgery after completion of a research year in Pediatric surgery at AUBMC. Dr. El Rifai is involved in several active research projects.


Vertical Midline Incision Transverse Abdominal Incision Appendectomy Cholecystectomy Retraction and Exposure Bowel Anastomosis Laparoscopic Appendectomy Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Abdominal Surgery Complications Perioperative Antibiotics Postoperative Ambulation Gastrectomy

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Abdominal surgery is at the heart of general and pediatric surgical practice, it includes a broad spectrum of surgical procedures such as appendectomy, cholecystectomy, colectomy, splenectomy, resection of abdominal tumors, procedures for gastro-esophageal reflux disease resistant to medical therapy among many other described abdominal surgeries. Indications, preoperative and postoperative patient care, approaches and techniques involved with abdominal surgeries have been subjects of clinical research for a long time with many questions remain unanswered.

The main objective of this book is to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for surgeons, surgical trainees, surgical nurses, medical students, and other healthcare providers to look after their patients who are planned for or have underwent an abdominal surgical procedure. This book outlines common indications of abdominal procedures both in adult and pediatric age groups, discusses important technical aspects of abdominal surgeries such as laparoscopic versus open approaches, incision types, fascial closure techniques, use of peritoneal drains. This is in addition to the state-of-art preoperative preparation and postoperative patient care guidelines, and potential complication of abdominal surgeries.

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Ahmad Zaghal

American University of Beirut

Dr Ahmad Zaghal is an assistant professor of clinical surgery and pediatric surgeon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), Lebanon. After completing his training in general surgery at AUBMC, he completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, US; following which he completed another fellowship in pediatric surgery and urology at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Dr. Zaghal is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (May 2019), certified by the European Board of Pediatric Surgery (Oct 2017) and the Lebanese Board of General Surgery (Mar 2016). Dr Zaghal has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and authored several chapters on general and pediatric surgery.

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