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VPC?s innovative effort in craniofacial surgery

LUCKNOW?S VIVEKANAND Polyclinic (VPC) has become the first clinical centre of excellence in North India for remodeling of congenital, traumatic, cosmetic and cancer deformities of the face.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 01:04 IST

LUCKNOW’S VIVEKANAND Polyclinic (VPC) has become the first clinical centre of excellence in North India for remodeling of congenital, traumatic, cosmetic and cancer deformities of the face.

This was possible after a joint collaboration of craniofacial, neuro and orthodontic surgeons under one roof.

These specialists have come together to form a special team to treat these anomalies in any age-group.

“Patients requiring a combined effort by surgeons of different streams usually wander from one place to another and finally end up getting half the requisite treatment. We have collected few of such cases and would operate upon them in this innovative venture,” said Dr Vaibhav Khanna.

The Vivekanand Polyclinic is organising ‘Craniocon-2006’ a workshop on craniofacial surgery to mark the start of the facility on its campus. The three-day workshop would have 10 such cases and would begin on Saturday.

“We started with one specialisation and gradually developed all of them to form a team,” said Dr DK Chabra. “The workshop will focus upon propagating the skills of craniofacial surgery and doctors from different parts of the country would participate in the live surgery demonstrations,” said the secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Sevaashram that runs the VPC.

Some of the patients who would benefit from carniofacial surgery in the first batch have come from far off places. Neeraj referred from a hospital in New Delhi has neuro fibromatosis – a state where half of the face is swollen. He would be operated upon at the workshop itself.

Topics that would be dealt with at the workshop include Cleft related Craniofacial Surgery by Dr KS Goleria, diagnosis and management by Dr Brian Sommerlad and approach and planning of craniofacial surgery by Dr K Sridhar.

VPC is already running a centre of excellence for Cleftlip Surgery under the Smile Train Project. (SMT)’ It has recently won a cash award for buying equipment from the SMT project directors for performing best among other Indian centres.