Cadavers to help orthopaedic surgeons hone skills

April 2nd, 2008 - 9:20 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Lady Hardinge Medical College here will use cadavers to train over 200 orthopaedic surgeons from across India in handling complicated fractures in paediatric and geriatric age groups. “This is the first such cadaver (dead body) based programme to learn about paediatric and geriatric orthopaedics,” said Sudhir K. Kapoor, head of the department of orthopaedics at Lady Hardinge.

“Many medical colleges in India do not have enough cadavers (dead bodies) and this programme will teach them how to do critical orthopaedic surgeries. We will do live cadaver surgery during the programme to help these doctors,” Kapoor told IANS.

The three-day programme beginning April 4 will see participation from almost all states of India.

Kapoor, who is also the secretary of Delhi Orthopaedic Association, said this training is important as paediatric and geriatric orthopaedics are emerging as new super specializations.

“New vistas of diagnosis and treatment have started peaking up in the field of musculo skeletal trauma, or spinal trauma in children. This effort will help increasing understanding of emerging areas,” he added.

Anil Mehtani, head of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Lady Hardinge, said that learning on wood and plastic models was not enough.

“There is not much difference between operating on live patients and cadavers,” Mehtani added.

The 92-year-old Lady Hardinge Medical College is a leading medical education provider in the country.

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