South African Journal of Surgery

The SAJS - the official journal of the Association of Surgeons of South Africa (ASSA) is an internationally indexed, quarterly, general surgical journal. It carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice and other surgical articles and personal opinion, South African health-related news, obituaries and general correspondence.





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Posted: 2015-11-10
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Vol 53, No 4 (2015)

Cover Page
  • Surgical residents’ working hours in South Africa
  • International medical graduates in South Africa and the implications in addressing the current surgical workforce shortage
  • The effect of opioids on field block for hernia repair
  • Migration of surgeons (“brain drain”)
  • Helicobacter pylori as an occupational hazard in the endoscopy room
  • A prospective evaluation of the predictive value of serum amylase levels in the assessment of patients with blunt abdominal trauma
  • Validation of the mortality prediction equation for damage control surgery in an independent severe trauma population
  • Current trauma patterns in Pietermaritzburg
  • Surgical management of parotid gland tumors
  • A closer look at burn injuries and epilepsy in a developing world burn service
  • Tracheostomy, ventilation and anterior cervical surgery
  • A case of selective non-operative management of penetrating gunshot wound injury of the liver and kidney in a pregnant patient
  • Gastroschisis in a developing country
  • Prostate cancer at a regional hospital in South Africa
  • Kidney transplant outcomes following the introduction of hand-assisted laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy