The 70th annual conference of Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON) was held in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campus in New Delhi. The conference have showcased recent and most modern advancements in surgery. More than 7000 surgeons from India and other countries have participated in ASICON 2010.
Many illustrious surgeons from India were present in ASICON 2010 including BC Roy Awardee and President ASI Dr. NK Pandey, honorary secretary of ASI Dr. RK Karwasra, President-elect of ASI Dr BK Sinha, Treasurer of ASI Dr PS Bakshi and WHO Director-General’s Awardee (2005) and former Head of Surgery Dept. CSMMU Professor Dr. Rama Kant.
The 70th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON) showcased advancements in surgeries in the recent decade.
According to Dr. Pandey, surgery is both an art and science. It is the most vital and critical part of medical science. Numerous types of surgeries and procedures were telecasted live from hospitals in India and abroad to the venue in ASICON city. Basic and advanced procedures were shown live to the audience. Around 1300 research papers were presented too.
More advanced specialities were introduced to surgery. The technique of natural orifice technological endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is one of an extremely critical development in the field of surgery. It will introduce a dynamic shift in the field of surgery by taking surgical precision to a new level and cutting down on recovery time. The evaluation process has already started. In this surgery, not even a stitch is required.
Also the simulator based surgical training which is the latest and very important development, will bring down the rate of mistakes in surgery by almost five hundred percent. The safety aspect for the patient is doubled. Minimally invasive techniques introduced in the recent past have resulted in a drastic reduction of morbidity and mortality occurring due to surgical procedures. Patients benefit by reduced pain and a faster recovery because of the procedure.
“The need of the hour is to develop a comprehensive health plan, so that benefits of modern medicine and good health reach to the remotest of areas, and rural population benefits from these advancements. Unfortunately, health infrastructure needs to develop at a much faster pace in order to meet demands of growing healthcare needs of the population, be it hospital beds, medical education college or universities,” rightly said Dr. NK Pandey.
The ASI through it’s network of chapters all over the country is working to benefit the poor who need basic healthcare amenities and most importantly need to learn the importance of preventive healthcare practices. The association also through it’s chapters has a valuable data bank to suggest the pattern and type of diseases on the rise in different geographical locations in the country.
The ASI also plans to collaborate with various nodal government health agencies to further it’s agenda of making India a surgical hub, furthering medical tourism and making latest surgical techniques accessible to the backward and rural areas through it’s network. (CNS)