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Surgeons’ meet in Siliguri from Feb 8

Siliguri, Feb. 3: Specialists from various cities will converge on Siliguri on February 8 for a workshop and a seminar on common surgical problems during the 29th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (West Bengal chapter).

“Over 250 doctors from the state as well as Nepal and Sikkim are expected to take part and discuss the latest procedures in minimal invasive surgery as well as open surgery,” said consultant surgeon T.K. Ghosh, the chairman of the conference, Sasicon 2008.

The workshop and the presentations will benefit “periphery surgeons”, or those who operate in places like Siliguri, Malda or Cooch Behar, Ghosh added.

“Laparascopy is not just limited to removal of kidney or gall bladder stones. This pinhole surgery can now be applied to almost all kinds of invasive surgery with several benefits, including less pain and shorter stay at hospital,” said surgeon A.K. Das, the organising secretary of Sasicon.

Specialists from Chennai, Madurai, Mumbai and Calcutta will take part in the workshop, to be held on the first day at the surgery department of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH).

“Surgeries using the updated methods will be telecast live from the operation theatre so that the participating surgeons can interact with the specialists,” Das said.

The meet will also give post-graduate medical students first-hand exposure to advanced surgery procedures, the organising treasurer of the meet, surgeon R. Pal Choudhury, said.

The conference is being organised by Sushruta Surgical Society, Siliguri, a body of surgeons formed last year, and the surgery department of NBMCH. The seminar will be held at a local club at Salbari.

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