Bangladesh is a low income country with shortages of healthcare professionals in every sector, surgical field is no exception. Surgeons are often posted in a remote place or with a very busy workload barring them to seek and avail necessary training to improve their skills. The world is moving fast with innovations and inclusion of newer technologies in the surgical practice which enhances surgical outcomes and also reduces surgery related patient sufferings. Minimal invasive surgery of which most frequently practiced is laparoscopy is one such addition. We are still lacking the facilities for Robotic Surgery.
Let’s focus on Laparoscopic surgery situation in Bangladesh. It was introduced by the Gynecologists in the 1970’s to perform tubal ligation. However, Professor Sarder A. Nayeem is considered as pioneer to introduce and popularize laparoscopy in Bangladesh starting with cholecystectomy in 1991. General surgeons rapidly picked up the mantle and spread the technology across the country. Gynecologists then took up and subsequently other specialties. Professor Md. Jafrul Hannan is credited with introducing laparoscopy in Children in 2005. Pediatric laparoscopy did not gain desired momentum in our country in comparison to general surgery and gynecology for several reasons: