The department of plastic surgery and anatomy of the DMCH under the aegis of the North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (NZAPSI) jointly organized a mid-term continuing medical education (CME) programme on flap dissection for the budding plastic surgeons.
According to Dr Sanjeev Uppal (professor and head of plastic surgery), the course allowed the participants to familiarize themselves with the full spectrum of skin flaps, including muscle, facial, bone, and perforator-based flaps.
Flap surgery is a technique in plastic <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_surgery> and reconstructive surgery <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstructive_surgery>, where any type of tissue is lifted from a donor site and moved to a recipient site with an intact blood supply.
This is similar to but different from a graft <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_grafting>, which does not have an intact blood supply and therefore relies on growth of new blood vessels.
The course was held using fresh cadavers preserved in the department of anatomy. Participants were taught by renowned micro vascular surgeon Dr Ashok K Koul from Bangalore. Educational materials were also provided to the participants.
Dr Poonam Singh (prof and head of anatomy department) said that a thorough knowledge of anatomy and blood supply of skin was essential to the planning of various flaps in plastic surgery for reconstruction.
The CME was formally inaugurated by secretary of the DMCH managing society Prem Kumar Gupta along with dean academics Dr Rajoo Singh China.
The NZAPSI has been organizing several such CMEs and workshops at regular intervals conducted by esteemed international and national faculty, informed course co-ordinators Dr Rajinder Mittal and Dr Ramneesh Garg.