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Maintaining surgical skills for military general surgery: the potential role for multivisceral organ retrieval in military general surgery training and practice
  1. David O'Reilly1,2,
  2. J Lordan2,
  3. C Streets3,4,
  4. M Midwinter5,6 and
  5. D Mirza2
  1. 1Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Oesophagogastric Surgery Unit, University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol, UK
  4. 4DCA General Surgery, Joint Medical Command, DMS Whittington, Lichfield, UK
  5. 5NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  6. 6Clinical Unit, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Wg Cdr David O'Reilly, Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, ICT Centre, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston B15 2SQ, UK; djoreilly{at}


The closure of the Medical Treatment facility in Camp BASTION and the return to contingency operations presents a new challenge in training and maintaining the skills of military surgeons. Multivisceral organ retrieval presents a unique opportunity to practice some of the more unusual techniques required in military surgery in the National Health Service. This article details the experience that organ retrieval offers and matches this to the needs of military surgeons. National Organ Retrieval Service teams need skilled surgeons, and a mutually beneficial partnership is in prospect.


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