Volume Archives: 4

Make Patients Happy: A Simple Alternative to Patient Satisfaction Surveys

How do you keep your patients happy? The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) published a report showing that almost 80 percent of better-performing practices used surveys to measure…

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Minimally Invasive Treatment of Ganglion for Rural Surgeons

A ganglion is a synovial cyst filled with myxoid secretion and is commonly known as Gideon’s disease, Bible cyst or Bible bump. It is a non-neoplastic soft tissue lump occurring around joints and tendons. It is caused by…

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Working with Limited Resources in India: Take-Home Messages from the 2015 Bethune Round Table

The Bethune Round Table (BRT) is an annual interdisciplinary scientific meeting held at academic institutions in Canada for sharing of challenges and solutions for improving the surgical care provided to under-served and marginalized populations in low- and middle-income countries. The BRT aims to bring various health professionals together to share…

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Quick Case: Tuberculosis of the Prostate – Is It Rare in India?

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
In the last one year, I have done 70 Tru-Cut biopsies of prostate, all having raised PSA levels. Forty out of them were diagnosed with…

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Low-Cost Vacuum Therapy Unit: Salvaging Diabetic Foot

Presentation at Bethune Round Table 2015 of the Canadian Network for International Surgery Introduction Diabetes has an incidence of 7.1%, and there are about 62 million diabetics in India (1, 2). Soon, India would become the diabetic capital of the World (2). Fifteen percent of diabetics develop foot ulcers, and… 

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Quick Case: Kala-azar is Still Clinically Neglected in India

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
A few months back, a 9-year-old boy presented with chronic ill-health, loss of appetite, loss of weight, severe anemia, mild thrombocytopenia and occasional fever. He also had hepatosplenomegaly. A routine hemogram reported…

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Innovations in Minimally Invasive Surgeries for Rural Areas

Minimally invasive surgeries are relevant for the poor and marginalized in rural areas where the patients need to get back to work as soon as possible, because they are often the sole bread winners of the family. Unfortunately, the high costs make minimally invasive surgeries…

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