Caribbean Col­lege of Sur­geons Holds Suc­cess­ful An­nual Con­fer­ence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Caribbean Col­lege of Sur­geons held a suc­cess­ful An­nual Con­fer­ence at the Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort & Spa in Vieux Fort from 16th to 18th June. The con­fer­ence brought to­gether some 120 sur­geons from through­out the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence sci­en­tific pa­pers were pre­sented from the var­i­ous Caribbean Is­lands. The new Min­is­ter of Health, Se­na­tor Mary Isaac held a wel­come re­cep­tion and had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and speak with re­gional sur­geons about var­i­ous health is­sues.

The con­fer­ence also recog­nised lo­cal ob­ste­tri­cian gy­ne­col­o­gist Dr Herbert Mar­ius by mak­ing him an hon­orary fel­low of the Caribbean Col­lege of sur­geons.

For the first time there was a pre­ced­ing prac­ti­cal com­po­nent which took the form of a la­paro­scopic (key­hole) surgery work­shop at St. Jude Hospital from the 13th to 15 June co-or­di­nated by Dr. Charles Greenidge. One of the at­ten­dees, Pro­fes­sor Dilip Dan from The Univer­sity West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago, ar­rived ahead of the con­fer­ence to con­duct the train­ing for lo­cal sur­geons.

There is tremen­dous ben­e­fit when the trainer comes to the coun­try rather than the sur­geon go over­seas. It means that the sur­geon, along with all the theatre and hospital staff are trained in­stead of just the sin­gle sur­geon. Dur­ing the work­shop the lo­cal sur­geons were taken through eight ad­vanced la­paro­scopic pro­ce­dures in­clud­ing the re­moval of stom­ach tu­mours and the re­pair of her­nias.

Dr. Greenidge stated: “We were able to pro­vide ser­vice to pa­tients in Saint Lu­cia who would nor­mally have had to go over­seas for their treat­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, lo­cal sur­geons and an­cil­lary staff are now much more able to pro­vide these ser­vices to pa­tients lo­cally.”

Do­ing the surgery la­paro­scop­i­cally al­lows the pa­tient to re­cover more quickly and has a much bet­ter cos­metic ap­pear­ance than tra­di­tional open surgery.

The col­lege would like to thank Pro­fes­sor Dilip Dan, the med­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff of St. Jude hospital, as well as the spon­sors A A Laquis and Medtronic for mak­ing the work­shop pos­si­ble.

At the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing the fu­ture of the col­lege was dis­cussed and elec­tions were held to fill po­si­tions on the ex­ec­u­tive that had ex­pired.

The new Ex­ec­u­tive is as fol­lows: Pres­i­dent: Dr Ramesh Jon­ala­gada (Bar­ba­dos), Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Cameron Wil­son (St Kitts & Ne­vis), Trea­surer Dr Ravi Ma­haraj (Trinidad), Sec­re­tary Dr Charles Greenidge (St. Lu­cia).

Dr. Charles Greenidge (cen­tre) and other sur­geons at the la­paro­scopic surgery work­shop.

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