The Sri Sathya Sai International Orthopaedics Conference on pelvis and lower extremity trauma began at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram on July 22.
Highly reputed leaders and teachers in trauma surgery participated in the conference as faculty which was attended by delegates from India and abroad.
Chairman of Orthoapedics, SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. R.Varadachari welcomed the gathering.
Inaugurating the conference the Director of SSSIHMS, Dr. A.N. Safaya, said that the idea behind Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba setting up the hospital was to set up a model, which will show that high-tech health care can be given completely free of charge to all.“…And the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, has been doing it for the past 20 years,” he said. Casting a forlorn glance at the rampant commercialization of medical profession, Dr. Safaya said that today the insurance companies, technical instrument syndicates and other such organization have the medical profession in their clutches. For humanity to have faith in medical science as a treating profession, it is essential for this model to be replicated elsewhere in the world, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri. V.Srinivasan said that the hospital was conceptualized by Bhagawan Baba was really a temple. “It is a temple of healing…where we have hope to the hopeless and love to the loveless,” he said. He further affirmed that the hospital was no longer just an experiment but stands as a model to show that hi-tech medical care can be provided totally free of cost to all.
Dr. Narendranath Reddy Director of Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, in his talk described the evolution of the Sri Sathya Sai Global Health Mission from a two bedded hospital set up Bhagawan Baba in Puttaparthi way back in 1954 to the super-speciality hospitals and the global reach of the Bhagawan Baba’s health mission.
The talks were followed by scientific medical sessions by orthopaedic experts in the field of pelvis and lower extremity trauma.
The second day of the conference began with a two-hour hands-on workshop on Pelvis Fractures in the conference hall annex. In the workshop the delegates had a practical training of performing difficult and complex pelvis surgeries on bone models, guided by experts, thereby gaining valuable experience.
After the workshop delegates then assembled in the main conference hall for other sessions of the day. The sessions included lectures on “Complications of Acetabular Fracture Surgery,” “DVT Prophylaxis in Fracture of Pelvis and Lower Extremity”, Post-traumatic Extension Contracture of the Knee”, Femoral Head Fractures — Long Term Follow Up”, among others.
The Sri Sathya Sai International Orthopaedic Conference on Pelvis and Lower Extremity Trauma concluded at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences(SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram on Sunday, July 24. Some of the topics discussed on the concluding day included “Arthoplasty for Acetabular Fracture in Elderly Patients”, “Open Fractures in Children”, “Current Status of Orthopaedics in India”, amongst others.
The purpose of the conference was to make aware all the delegates attending the conference of all the aspects of trauma, complications and treatment. The conference also brought in the latest technology and treatment available for treating complex injuries.
The Head of Department of Orthopaedics, SSSIHMS, Dr. Kailash Rao in his closing remarks thanked Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for his kind benevolence for the successful completion of the conference. Dr. Rao also thanked the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for their kind support and co-operation in the organization of the conference. Further, he thanked all the faculty members for their time and for sharing their expertise. All the faculty members were felicitated by the Department of Orthopaedics for participating in the conference.