Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

The UQU College of Medicine Provides a Professional Qualification for Intern Doctors and Specialists in Sinus Surgery

The UQU College of Medicine, in cooperation with King Abdullah Medical City, has recorded a new distinctive method in sinus surgery in the Saudi Kingdom, and the entire Middle East region, through the organization of a first of its kind advanced workshop on the anatomy and surgery of nasal sinuses, including a special class on the anatomy and surgery of the frontal sinus region. The workshop was held at the Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation in the College of Medicine, and attracted the participation of sixty-two doctors and specialists in the field.

The Head of the Workshop's Consultative Group and the Head of the Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head, and Neck Surgery at the Umm Al-Qura University Medical College, Dr. Usamah Marghilani, pointed out that the advanced workshop aimed at training ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctors on the latest surgical techniques using endoscopy to examine the sinuses and the frontal skull base.

During the workshop, the latest computer-assisted surgical navigation systems were used in conducting advanced operations, along with enabling the doctors during their fellowship training, and any future additional instruction, to master the surgical techniques needed to treat sinus patients. The workshop also provided an avenue of closer cooperation and participation between the medical and health sectors related to the doctors of this specialty, besides training and refining their skills in this field.

In the course of the workshop, doctors were trained to perform complex and advanced surgeries at the base of the skull, such as on the pineal gland and the frontal lobe, in addition to helping them become acquainted and accustomed with conducting these operations. They were also trained to operate on maxillary sinuses, located close to the eye cavity and the lacrimal canal, using modern endoscopic devices. Furthermore, they learned about the modern surgical methods to stop epistaxis (nosebleeds) by identifying the main arterial supply inside the nose and sinuses.

His Excellency the Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Abdul-Salam Nur Wali, noted that the workshop was carried out within the framework of the scientific programs organized by the college to qualify and train students, according to the development plans that have been established and in line with the vision and strategy adopted by the university. The group of participating consultants included: Dr. Omar Abu Sulaiman and Dr. Islam Harzallah from King Abdullah Medical City, Dr. Muhammad Al-Bar from Imam Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal University in Dammam, Dr. Sa`d Al-Salih from King Saud University in Riyadh, Dr. Tariq Al-Sheikh from King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah, Dr. Talal Indijani from King Abdulaziz Medical City of the National Guard in Jeddah, and Prof. Salih Ba-Eissa from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Noteworthy was the participation of Dr. Satish Jain from India, along with Dr. Maduri Mahita. They both provided a step-by-step clarification of endoscopic sinus observation (sinuscopy), and discussed related nasal surgery using the latest surgical navigation devices.