Ganga Virtual Hand Course Summary
Eric Wongo - Sierra Leone
03 August 2021 (Last updated: 15 Sep 2021 10:09)
This year the BSSH sponsored ten delegates from low-middle income countries to attend the Ganga Hospital Virtual Hand Surgery course. One of those who received a place was Eric Wongo of Sierra Leone who has very kindly shared his experience of the course with us.
This year’s Ganga Hand Operative course was held virtually on the 17th and 18th July. In spite of the challenges associated with the COVID 19 pandemic, the team, led by the indefatigable Prof. Sabapathy, delivered. I thank the BSSH for having provided me the opportunity to participate in this event.
The cases selected were varied and relevant to my practice. The operations were well demonstrated and easy to follow. Ensuing discussions were didactic. I was particularly impressed with the management of Volkmann’s ischaemic contracture sequelae, the various surgical interventions, and their indications. Imagine, then, my excitement and acute disappointment when, a few days ago I saw an 8 year old girl at the clinic with the aforementioned diagnosis; making any meaningful surgical intervention, I realised, would require more than just a few hours of excellent lectures and videos. My country Sierra Leone, with a population of about 7.8 million inhabitants, can only boast of two recently trained reconstructive plastic surgeons, thanks to ReSurge Africa charity and partners; I being one of the two.
The Mod quad release for birth brachial plexus palsy was instructive, as were the post-burn contracture releases and flap reconstructions. Reasons were given for steps taken, such as the practice of not using k-wires in Apert’s syndactyly release, as opposed to it’s use in burns contracture reconstruction. The post-op management protocol was outlined for each case, and the referenced articles provided added insight.
There was opportunity to see results of surgeries done in the previous course, and this was appreciated. It was a worthwhile experience, and I would not hesitate recommending this course to others. Afterall, shared knowledge is worth more than fine jewel. I am grateful.
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