Blog Feed Kirby Wed, 23 Jan 2019 04:29:38 +0000 The latest updates from our blog India 2019 Medical Mission news/india-2019-medical-mission Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Dr. Jeffrey Segil and his son Ben are currently on a Medical Mission in India. Here is the first report:

Sunday Jan 20th, 2019
Valsad, India
Kashturba Hospital

It is now 5 pm Sunday afternoon. Ben and I arrived at 02:00 on Saturday morning into Mumbai via Paris. Our Medical Mission started a little prematurely due to an in-air medical issue on our first flight to Paris. What started off as chest pain, and a possible cardiac event, was quickly triaged down to severe dehydration. It was a pleasure to watch Ben triage through the possibilities, access the situation and rapidly put in an IV, all at 35,000 feet. A proud father moment and we had yet to even start the mission work.

We made it to Kashturba Hospital by 2 pm Saturday. We have both been here two years ago with the same medical group. It was great to see old familiar faces of my fellow mission workers as well as meet new members to the group.

This is the third visit to this location for Operation Medical. (follow us on Facebook please). Operation Medical is celebrating its 5th year this year and is committed to Global Healthcare. In the past I have traveled with them to Haiti, India, Nepal, and most recently Rwanda. This trip is the largest I have been on with approx. 37 of us. Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Residents in training, medical students, OR nurses, and Ancillary staff.

We were once again warmly welcomed by our hosts, with a formal ceremony Saturday afternoon, and a chance to set up our equipment for ‘surgery camp’. Specifically, this is a free surgery camp, as one of the pretenses of our missions is that the patients are never charged for our services. We are partially sponsored on this trip by the local Bayer Pharmaceutical company as well as local benefactors, the Patel Family. Both of their generous contributions cover the majority of room and board locally as well as equipment purchases of surgical equipment needed for the trip.

When we were here in 2017, we completed 265 surgical procedures in 6 days. We hope to top 300 this year if possible. We have General surgeons, Hepatobilliary, Colorectal, Breast, Plastics, Gynecology, and Dentistry represented.

I worked with our local GYN last night reviewing cases for today. A most efficient local GYN who manages the hospital care on a daily basis, very busy private practice, but for several weeks prior to camp she examines and pre-Ops all the GYN so it is here and waiting for us when we arrive.

We started today with 9 procedures, 3 Hysterectomies, and 5 laparoscopies for infertility and ovarian pathology, and 1 enlarged vaginal cyst. All went smoothly. My partner in crime here is Parul, a GYN in Harrisburg PA, whose family still resides in Mumbai. We have worked together before and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company as it is so good to have a colleague to bounce ideas off and to assist each other on difficult cases. For the most part we both operate at the same time on different patients to keep the flow going.

Tomorrow promises to be a little busier (today was the warm up, with 41 cases total).
We have 14 GYN cases booked for tomorrow with 9 hysterectomies and 5 laparoscopies, so far on the schedule. Today we were able to start teaching. Both the Residents and students who are traveling with us, as well as the local RNs.

One of the unique qualities of this particular mission is the commitment from the local staff to learn and improve. Kim, who is an RN has been assigned to the GYN OR. It is wonderful to see her take the initiative to educate as we went, improving the local practices of sterile technique. The local willingness to learn is addicting, and despite the frenetic pace at which we work, operate, and turn the rooms over they are learning new skills. By the end of today the simple process of putting on sterile gloves proceeded from not really passable to a solid acceptable. (Baby steps).

That’s it for tonight. Still exhausted and jet lagged, therefore it must be time for another meal (yes they feed us well), and time for evening drinks, for although we finished by 4 pm today, tomorrow promises to be much longer.

More to come on team members as well as patients.
Hope you are all well, and those in the Northeast are not getting to buried in the storm..
Jeff Segil