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Plastic Surgery in Camps in Rural India

Abstract

Shortage of plastic surgeons is well known in the developing countries, and this leads to denial of plastic surgery facilities to a very large population especially in the rural area. We report a retrospective review of our experience with 60 rural plastic surgery camps in Central India over 16 years. A total of 4317 patients were operated, and majority (~ 65%) of patients had cleft lip/palate and post-burn contractures. Results were satisfactory, and there were no major complications. Usefulness of such camps is obvious, and we wish to share lessons learnt during these camps.

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The authors wish to thank all the general surgery residents who accompanied the team to these camps and all the team members of local organisers (District administration, NGOs, Health care workers) whose help was invaluable.

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Agarwal, P., Yadav, P., Sharma, D. et al. Plastic Surgery in Camps in Rural India. Indian J Surg 83, 1394–1400 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12262-020-02681-2

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Keywords

  • Plastic surgery
  • Rural surgery
  • Global surgery
  • Camp surgery
  • Surgery at door step
  • Community outreach