The Amrita Fracture Course was organized by the Department of Orthopaedics at the Amrita School of Medicine during October 6-7, 2012. Over 150 delegates participated in the two-day seminar.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr. Gopakumar, President of the Kerala Orthopaedic Association.
This was the second such event organized by the Department. In May 2011, a two-day seminar had addressed basic principles and management of fractures. The seminar, this time, touched on major topics in orthopaedic traumatology.
Dr. Renjith T. C., Associate Professor in the Department, spoke on Reduction Techniques.
“Reduction is restoring the correct position of the fractured or dislocated bone fragment. To bring the bone back to position, we adopt open or closed reduction technique. In closed reduction technique, there is minimal damage to the tissue and the vascularity is preserved whereas in open reduction technique, the fracture is exposed and reduction is done more accurately,” explained Dr. Renjith.
Prof. Chandrababu K. K. elaborated on Diaphyseal Fractures of the Forearm. Sharing tips for operative surgery, he shared, “Begin with the easiest fracture first. Look for elbow and wrist joints. Be aware of rotation of radius and test the function of the forearm after fixation.”
Prof. Renjithkumar J. discussed Articular Fractures of Distal Humerus, shedding light on various aspects such as evaluation and early treatment, operative and post-operative treatments.
Speaking on the topic Diaphyseal Fractures of the Humerus, Dr. Ramachandran V., Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at MES Medical College, Perinthalmanna, discussed different operative and non-operative treatments for the fractures of the humerus, the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow.
“Operative treatments include internal fixation and external fixation and some of the non-operative treatment options are thoracobrachial stabilization and conservative treatment,” he said.
Dr. Premachandran K., veteran orthopaedician from Kozhikode spoke on Distal Radius Fractures (wrist fractures). He stated that these fractures are often managed conservatively with manipulative reduction and casting and functional splinting.
Dr. M. A. Thomas, Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Kottayam discussed Diaphyseal Fractures of Femur and Dr. Kumaran, Professor of Orthopaedics from MES Medical College, Perinthalmanna discussed Diaphyseal Fractures of Tibia.
Other topics addressed in the seminar included management and treatment of olecranon fractures, patellar fractures, malleolar fractures, distal femur fractures, trochanteric fractures and intracapsular fractures.
Drs. Bhaskaran V. K., Professor and Head; Vijayamohan S., Associate Professor; and Krishnakumar R., Assistant Professor were the others who spoke from the Amrita Department of Orthopaedics.
Hands-on training and case discussions on the practical management of the topics discussed were also conducted during the seminar.
October 12, 2012
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