The GLLS Workshop at Medical College Kolkata: A Report

Medical College, Kolkata is the first Medical College in Asia that was established in 1835. It pioneered many innovations in education and has pioneered taking Laparoscopic surgeries to rural areas by supporting the Gas Less Lift Laparoscopic Surgery [GLLS] workshop and plans to send faculty and students to rural areas to perform these procedures.

The GLLS workshop at Medical College Kolkata was organized by the Department of General Surgery at the college with the Gynecology department inviting the surgeons and gynecologists from other Medical colleges. SEESHA a charitable trust working among the poor and the marginalized taking modern surgeries to these areas. SEESHA helped with demonstration of the Gas Less Laparoscopic Surgeries with sponsorship from Association of Rural Surgeons of India and Medtronics Lab.

Dr. Nirmal Maji the President of West Bengal Medical Council and Chairman of the standing committee of Health of West Bengal government and Rogi Kalyan Samiti inaugurated the live surgery program and stayed on to watch few surgeries. He talked about the advantages of gas less surgeries and how it can transform surgeries in rural areas and committed to help the Medical College take GLLS to rural areas in Bengal. The other dignitaries who attended the workshop were Prof. Ashoke Kumar Bhadra the Principal, Prof. Shika Banerjee Medical Superintendent and Dr. Tanushree Mondal Assist. Director Medical Education Services of West Bengal Government.

There were about 100 participants from the Medical Colleges in Calcutta and rural surgeons all the way from Patna. Both general surgeons and gynecologists actively participated in the discussions and many have invited the team for similar workshops at their medical colleges.

There were large crowds at the operating rooms from both General surgery and gynecology departments. The space available and the ease of surgery made few of the audience come up to the operating room to check if the surgeries are actually without using gas.

The Department was very happy to receive a GLLS equipment from Medronic as a gift to the institution and made changes to their way of working so that the equipment is available for use during emergency surgeries especially for diagnostic laparoscopies and small surgeries like GLLS appendicectomies. Now the emergencies are carried out by open surgeries.

We thank Dr. Anurag Mishra from Maulana Azad Medical College at Delhi who also came to demonstrate GLLS Cholecystectomies.

gnanaraj 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 a special interest in rural surgery and has trained many surgeons in remote rural areas while working in the mission hospitals in rural India. He has helped 21 rural hospitals start minimally invasive surgeries. He has more than 150 publications in national and international journals, most of which are related to modifications necessary for rural surgical practice. He received the Barker Memorial award from the Tropical Doctor for the work regarding surgical camps in rural areas. He is also the recipient of the Innovations award of Emmanuel Hospital Association for health insurance programs in remote areas and the Antia Finseth innovation award for Single incision Gas less laparoscopic surgeries. During the past year, he has been training surgeons in innovative gas less single incision laparoscopic surgeries.
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