MORE THAN 350 specialists are expected to attend an international conference on ‘Past, Present and Future of Spinal Injuries and Spinal Disorders and Advancements in the field’ to be held by the International Spinal Cord Society from February 23-25, 2007 in the City.
Spinal surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers and a few hospital administrators – will participate in the conference which is jointly being organised by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre at New Delhi, Indore Orthopaedic Association and City’s Arihant Hospital and Research Centre at Hotel Sayaji.
“This is the first time that the international spine and spinal injury conference is being organised in Madhya Pradesh. There is an acute shortage of experts in the field. Such conferences help in upgrading skills of those working in the
field, ” chairman of the organising committee Dr Prakash Bangani told media persons at a press conference here on Tuesday.
He added, faculties, including international experts, will deliver lectures on different aspects. According to Dr Bangani, there are only about 450 spinal surgeons in India and only 20,000 orthopaedics, which is very less considering the number of people who suffer spinal injuries, mainly due to trauma.
Dr Ashwani Saran, Dr James Harrop, Dr Vinod Sehgal (USA), Dr Patric Kluger (Germany) and Dr Jean J Wyndaele (Belgium) are few of the international experts while Dr Shankeracharya, Dr H S Chaabra (Indian Spinal Injury Centre, New Delhi) and Dr T K Shanguhasundaram (Chennai) are among the national experts who have been invited as faculty for the conference, organising secretary Dr D K Taneja, who was also present at the press conference, said.
Four workshops, including a special workshop on hydrotherapy, have been organised on February 23 on the fixation of spine and bladder management.
Live spine surgeries - carried out at Arihant Hospital and Research Centre - will also be demonstrated during the workshop, Dr Bangani said. The conference will be formally inaugurated on February 24 and will conclude the next day.
Before the actual conference on February 23, a daylong interactive session with Dr Vinod Sehgal will be held on February 22 wherein those already undergoing treatment for various spinal ailments can consult the expert, Dr Bangani said adding.
Patients who want to avail the benefit can contact any orthopaedic or Dr Pradeep Shrivastav at M Y Hospital or at Arihant Hospital.
When asked about the role of psychiatrists in such technical surgeries, Dr Taneja said, “Almost 90 per cent patients with spinal injury are youngsters who go into depression. Sometimes a newly married youth faces sexual problems due to a spinal injury. All these need to be addressed sensitively and a psychiatrist’s role becomes very important in his or her rehabilitation.”