Professor Amir Nisar while working in Somerset, United Kingdom was advised by Professor Robin Kennedy to attend the inaugural annual meeting of AESGBI – Association of Endoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (now ALSGBI- Association of Laparoscopic surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland), in Worcester in 1994.
Professor Chris Royston from Hull performed live Laparoscopic Hernia repair in the meeting and presented the outcomes of his first 1300 Laparoscopic Hernia surgeries, with excellent outcomes. The performance was beautiful, results outstanding, and the fire that it ignited is still heart-warming, 26 years on.
Professor Nisar having had the solid foundation and experience with open hernia operations ( a few thousand by then) and having performed Bassini’s, Darning, Shouldice, Halstead, Mayo’s and Lichtenstein’s repairs knew the potential of the new “keyhole”/ “minimally invasive” approach and was quick to adopt it.
Hernia Training at Specialist Centre
Professor Amir’s move to Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, England in 1996 and working with Professor Michael Bailey was a God send’s gift that changed the course of his training to an upward and forward trend. This center was very well known for advances in laparoscopic hernia surgery dealing with first time and recurrent complex hernias from the United Kingdom and other countries.
Some of the achievements over the eight years of work in Surrey involved:
- The keen student later became a teacher and trainer at the highest level in the United Kingdom, Europe (especially France and Italy), and Asia in the technique of Laparoscopic hernia surgery in the years to come.
- Live surgery for teaching courses in various centers in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and for teaching; MATTU, IRCAD, IMACS, ALSGBI annual meeting, and other international conferences.
- Setting up many centers offering Laparoscopic hernia surgery in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia by mentoring, proctoring, and supporting the surgeons.
Professor Nisar’s Contribution to International Hernia Guidelines
- Contribution to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence), guidelines; 2002 about Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery being superior to open hernia surgery
- Professor Amir conducted a randomized trial as the sole surgeon operating on 40 patients in Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, England, the United Kingdom under Professor Michael Bailey. The aim was to assess the efficacy of laparoscopic and open approaches in unilateral inguinal hernias in the young, office going adults. It confirmed the superiority of the Laparoscopic approach over the open approach hence the next guidelines from NICE in 2004.
Contribution to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) final guidelines; 22nd September 2004, in favor of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery. NICE recommendations are:
- Laparoscopic TEP repair is the best approach for fist time one-sided hernia
- Laparoscopic approach is the best for first time bilateral hernias (on both sides)
- Laparoscopic approach is the best for a recurrent hernia (hernia reappearing after surgery)
Professor Amir’s Innovations in Laparoscopic Hernia surgery
Professor Nisar’s personal innovations to deal with some complex scenarios :
- Laparascopic TEP hernia repair for Sliding Inguinal-Scrotal incarcerated Hernias
- Laparoscopic TEP hernia approaches for Incarcerated hernias
- Sac ligation techniques in continuity for long hernial sacs
- Inferior Epigastric vessel’s sling technique
- Needlescopic hernia repair
- Laparoscopic MSL (MiniScarLess) hernia repair.
Professor Nisar’s latest technique developed in Dubai is another world’s first. The accumulative length of cuts in the abdomen is 11mm instead of the standard 35mm incisions. It offers excellent cosmesis, less post-operative pain, and no exercise restriction during the recovery phase.
- Modified open operative approach for Large Sliding hernias
The journey continues for painless and safe hernia surgery.