The Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand (ISSH), a national association of hand surgeons, conducted a ‘Basic Hand Course’ on August 25 and 26, 2018, in association with the Kolkata Arthroscopy and Sports Surgery Society (KASS) at Medica Superspecialty Hospital. Hand injuries are a big component of the entire trauma that is encountered. Injury to the hand causes significant loss of function. This largely different from other injuries since healing from hand injury categorically demands longer recovery time. The event was attended by more than 60 delegates from all over West Bengal. Apart from surgical video demonstrations and talks, there was a healthy interactive session. This course is also designed to benefit the trainees by filling up the void in their existing curriculum by including hands-on workshops.
The event involved case-based learning and practical skills stations for the delegates. The feedback from the doctors was quite encouraging and many of them pointed out that cases have increased by leaps and bounds. “This will go a long way in promoting and sustaining better healthcare for hand and wrist disorders in the eastern region,” said Dr. Anirban Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Hand and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medica Superspecialty Hospital and Dr. Sutanu Hazra, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medica Superspecialty Hospital. Dr. Hazra and Dr. Chatterjee added, “No doubt, even the smallest hand injuries require proper medical evaluation and prompt treatment. The most common cause of the injuries include blunt trauma, followed by injury from sharp objects-namely cuts, fractures and dislocations, soft tissue injuries and amputations, infections, burns, and high-pressure injuries,” Dr. Kapoor, the Vice President of KASS, further informed that the symptoms of hand and upper limb injuries can differ depending on the nature of the injury or how the injury occurred, depth and severity among others.