Surgical practice in a maximum security prison – unique and perplexing problems

  • SJA Smit
  • F Kleinhans


The practice of general surgery in a prison population differs considerably from that in a general surgical practice. We audited surgical consultations at the Mangaung Correctional Centre from December 2003 to April 2009. We found a high incidence of foreign object ingestion and anal pathology.
Understanding the medical and social aspects of prison life facilitates the treatment of inmates with surgical problems.

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eISSN: 0256-95749
print ISSN: 2078-5135