Indian Society of Peripheral Nerve Surgery (ISPNS) organized it’s 8th National Conference at Chennai. Dr. K. Sridhar, Director of Institute of Craniofacial, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery of SIMS Hospital is the present National President. The Organizing Chairman of the Conference is Dr. R. Krishnamoorthy, Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon and Dr. K.R. Suresh Bapu, Neurosurgeon is the Co – Chairman. More than 150 delegates from all over the country participated in the conference. Many national faculty delivered lectures and took part in the symposia on recent advances. They shared their experiences with the delegates. International faculty Dr. Kazuteru Doi from Japan and Dr. Rajiv Midha from Canada also took part and shared their experiences. On 8th February 2019, Live Operative Workshop was conducted. And on 9th & 10th February 2019, the main conference took place. Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the Conference and Thiru. Ravi Pachamoothoo, Chairman – SRM Group & Chancellor, SRM University, NCR Delhi, was the Special Guest. Prof. S. Kalyanaraman, Former Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Madras Medical College, inaugurated the Live Workshop.
Objectives of the conference
The conference aims to gather all those treating nerve problems under one roof, enabling free sharing of knowledge and experience. More than one hundred and fifty delegates from all over the country attended the conference. Difficult surgical procedures were demonstrated in the live operative workshop on 8th February, 2019. The conference will featured more than forty invited lectures on various aspects of peripheral nerve surgery. We have endeavoured to include every aspect of peripheral nerve surgery including neuroradiology, electrophysiology in the scientific programme.
Nerves are important structures that arise from brain and spinal cord and are responsible for sensations like touch, pain and special sensations like taste, vision, hearing and smell. Similarly these nerves are responsible for the muscles to contract and move our hands, feet and even face. Without nerves we can’t walk, move our hands and work or even smile.
History of nerve surgery in India
In ancient India, Sushruta’s description of the nerves demonstrated how he meticulously studied the neuro – anatomy of both his patients and his educational cadavers. “Two nerves lower down at the back of ear (vidhura) which if cut, produce deafness; a pair of nerves inside the two nostrils which if cut, cause loss of smell; a pair of nerves below the end of the eyebrow which if cut, causes blindness” said Sushruta in his Sushruta Samhita.
- Congenital : Birth Palsy
- Accident : Injuries – Electric shock
- Infection : Leprosy & Diabetes
Challenges of Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Nerve lesions may take years for complete recovery. The treatment also requires highly specialised skills. Repair of injured nerve involve surgery using magnification and microscope for connecting fine nerves with each other. Reconstructive Plastic surgeons, hand surgeons skilled in fine surgical reconstruction and neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons interested in fine microneural surgery perform nerve repair. It involves prolonged Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation to make the patient go back to their normal life.
Need for public awareness in nerve surgery
The results after nerve surgery depend on the timing of surgery. Early and timely surgery can restore complete function. If the nerve surgery is delayed beyond a certain time, the muscles undergo irreparable damage and these patients are doomed to live their entire life with disability. It is the responsibility of the medical fraternity to spread this message among the general public. World class centres treating these complex problems are available in our country and the services of these centres should be widely publicised, so that even a common man should be aware of their availability.
Support for victims
These patients often are unable to support themselves or their families. They are transformed from being bread – winners and productive members of the community to being dependents on their family. Only with the support of the society they can get back to being productive members of the society.
Indian Society of Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Indian Society of Peripheral Nerve Surgery (ISPNS) is a non – political, non – sectarian and non – profit making association of plastic surgeons, hand surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and all those involved in the care of diseased nerves. The society was founded in 2011 with more than 200 active members.
Aim of the society
The aim of the society is to share knowledge and information, to improve research and ctreatment of peripheral nerve injuries.
Activities of ISPNS
- The society stimulates research by organizing regional, national and international seminars.
- It formulates guidelines regarding management protocols.
- Promoting public awareness.
Prof. Kazuteru Doi
Dr. Kazuteru Doi of Yamaguchi, Japan is a renowned hand surgeon and brachial plexus surgeon. He is a past president of the World society of reconstructive microsurgery. He has more than 200 scientific publications in various aspects of brachial plexus surgery. He is at present the General President of Ogori Daichii General Hospital, Yamaguchi, Japan, which is a major referral centre for brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries in Japan. He will be delivering the Prof. A. K. Banerji Oration in the conference.
Prof. G. Balakrishnan
Prof G. Balakrishnan is one of the senior most plastic and hand surgeons in India. He is a Past President of Association of Plastic surgeons of India, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Indian Society for Brachial Plexus Surgery. At present, he is the Director of Right Hospitals, Chennai. He will be delivering the Keynote Address at the conference.