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Innovative and Cost-Effective Treatment of Renal Stones in Remote Areas by the Surgical Services Initiative

Urinary calculi affect about 5-15% of the population in industrialized countries [1]. With ureteric stones of sizes up to 5mm, 71-98% generally pass within a few weeks [2]. The incidence of urinary calculi in industrialized countries ranges from 0.5 to 1.9%. However, in India, the incidence has a wider regional… 

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Lift Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Ideal for New Converts to Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the surgeries that can offer a significant advantage over open surgery, and many centers all over the world have converted to laparoscopic methods. Within 5 years from 1990 to 1995, the percentage of

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Quick Case: Diabetic foot treatment with topical vacuum therapy

By: Dr. J. Gnanaraj
The patient is a 54-year-old farmer from a rural area near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He had a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus 3 years ago, and he is taking oral hypoglycemic agents….

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Negative pressure wound therapy: Low cost machines and local adaptations

As defined by Wikipedia, “Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a therapeutic technique using a vacuum dressing to promote healing in acute or chronic wounds.” (1) This therapy was discovered at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Salem, NC (USA) in 1990, while researchers were studying stress to tissues…. 

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Low-cost, minimally invasive evaluation and treatment for infertility in rural areas

Infertility is a common condition potentially affecting an estimated 12-28% of couples worldwide [1]. It is no different in rural areas, where facilities for evaluation and treatment are not available to many. It was difficult to evaluate infertility in women before diagnostic laparoscopy became available. Tests such as the hysteron-salpingogram… 

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Diagnostic and surgical camps: Cost-effective way to address surgical needs of the poor and marginalized

The World Health Organization has estimated that 11% of the global disease burden can be treated with surgical procedures, but there are 2 billion people who have no access to basic surgical care. Out of the 234 million surgeries…

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Video: SILS appendicectomy with gasless lift laparoscopic surgery

Dr. J. Gnanaraj MS, MCh [Urology], FICS, FARSI, FIAGES is a urologist and laparoscopic surgeon trained at CMC Vellore. He has been appointed as a Professor in the Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering Department of Karunya University and is the Director of Medical Services of the charitable organization SEESHA. He has… 

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