PHOTOGRAPHS Ganga Microsurgery Training Institute

‘The age of the self taught micro surgeon is over’, thus said Harry Buncke a decade ago.
It is stressed that basic skills of Microsurgery if perfected in the laboratory, makes clinical work easy with high success rate. Laboratory must have excellent microscopes, quality instruments and  a good working environment.  To provide this facility to the aspiring trainees in Microsurgery, Ganga Microsurgical Training Institute was inaugurated.  Carl Zeiss, S&T and Ethicon supported this venture.

The Institute was inaugurated by Prof. G. Balakrishnan, Head of the Dept. of Plastic Surgery and Institute of Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation of Hand, Stanley Hospital, Chennai and the function was presided over by Prof. Abraham Thomas, Head of the Dept. of Plastic Surgery and Principal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.  Prof A. Rajasekaran, President, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi was the Guest of Honour.  Dr. Lim Beng Hai, President, Singapore Society for Hand Surgery,  Mr Ven Raman, Regional Director, Medical Products Division, South East Asia,  Carl Zeiss, Singapore and Mr. Bharathi Ganesh, Regional Sales Excecutive Ethicon offered falicitations.

The brief function was followed by a scientific programme, which was well attended by over 100 Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgeons of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Prof. G Balakrishnan, , Dr Abraham Thomas, Dr Lim Beng Hai, Dr V Sudhakar Prasad and Dr S Raja Sabapathy were the faculty. 

About the course
Following are the comments of some of the participants of the Ganga Microsurgical training Course.

‘…This is the best course available in our country and worth every single pie and much more.  Hats off to the team at Ganga Hospital for this fantastic course. I only wish that the scope of the course is enlarged and further courses involving other aspects of microsurgery are conducted.’

Dr. D. Jayadev
Plastic Surgeon, Gokulam Hospital 

‘…The micro course is worth its weight in gold and every youngster joins me in expressing gratitude for bringing this course of international standards to India.’

Dr T.M.Sunil 
Indian Society of Surgery  of Hand 1999-2000 Traveling Fellow
Asst .Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery, 
M.S. Ramaiah  Medical College, 

‘It was a great experience.  The micro course helps me to concentrate better and definitely my skills will be much better now.

Dr V. Venkata Ramana
Orthopaedic Surgeon,
Trichur Heart Hospital

‘…Regarding microsurgery course, it was excellent and helped me to learn the basic techniques of microsurgery.  Probably nowhere in India, such a good quality course was carried out previously.  This course will definitely help junior and recently qualified plastic surgeons.’

Dr Nitin D. Shah
Arihant Burns and Plastic Surgery Hospital

‘In the last five days I had an excellent experience in Microsurgery.  This course has fine tuned my vascular surgical skills.  This course will be a great boon for young surgeons to get experience in microsurgery, which is not available in any other centre in India.…’

Dr S.Arulmani
Vascular Surgeon

‘Excellent experience.  Hope I will get another chance to work here’

Dr V.G.Aniljith
Plastic Surgeon,Elite Mission Hospital
Thrissur, Kerala.

‘…It is a great step in the history of microsurgical scenario in India which used to be the domain of very few surgeons.  Many thanks for providing excellent facilities for microsurgery training through the lab.  I attended all the activities for ten days at Ganga Hospital and learnt so many things from academics to surgical skills to the humanitarian approach towards patient care....’

Dr Rajendra Nehete
Plastic Surgeon, ‘Shree Clinic’,
Nashik, Maharashtra

‘…thanks for setting up such an excellent Microsurgery course.  Having taken up the course I feel very confident of doing successful clinical cases.   Being at Ganga Hospital was a superb experience.  Clinically I learnt a lot of practical tips from the team and the academic programmes are very good..’

Dr Munish Shah
Plastic Surgeon, MAHI Hospital,
Vadodara, Gujarat.

‘…When I signed up for the course, I did not know what I had let myself  in for…The tapes are so self explanatory that even I could perform the anastomosis without any assistance.’

Dr Kothurkar Advait
Pune, Maharashtra.

'  .. Iam convinced that the course is helpful to all trained/untrained Microsurgeons, to boost the confidence and start of at the right track...'

Dr. Sudhanshu Kothe

All the participants of the course actively participated in the morning teaching programmes and evening clinical rounds and many stayed for some more days. 
The input of the visitors was very useful for improving our work. After the Jan 2001 course which concluded recently, the course has been made into 6 day course (Optional) instead of the 5 day course.

The tentative dates of the forthcoming courses in the year 2001 are,

Aug 14-19, Oct 8- 13, Nov12-17, Dec 10-15

Highlights of the course

· One Carl Zeiss OPMI MDU microscope per trainee.

· Trainees will use S&T instruments and clamps.

· A full set of Acland’s video tapes to guide the trainee

· An experienced instructor always at hand

· A graduated training schedule will be followed so that a trainee will be taken from the basics to successful 
  anastomosis  of vessels in small animals.

· The lab is in a Hospital with a good patient load and so clinical correlation is possible.

How to join the course?

The course fee is Rs 20,000 for practicing Plastic Surgeons and Rs 15,000 for junior plastic surgeons and trainees.  The corresponding  rate for overseas participants are US $ 500 and US $ 375. The draft is to be drawn in favour of , ‘Ganga Microsurgical Training Institute’, payable at Coimbatore.  Send the draft with period chosen to the following address.

It is also  possible for you to choose the dates for your training other than the dates given.  Please inform early to see if it is mutually convenient.