IASA supports mission trips for the treatment of disadvantaged patients in India. We support programs consisting of outpatient clinics, surgeries, post-operatives rounds, and teaching seminars for the benefit of local healthcare staff.
In February 2013, IASA proudly supported its first mission, Operation Straight Spine (OSS). OSS is the primary mission project of the Spine Education and Research Foundation, an arm of The Foundation of Orthopaedic Association of Allentown, PA, a non-profit charitable organization led by Dr. Jeffrey McConnell. IASA member Dr. Harvinder (Bobby) Bhatti of Rockdale Orthopedic Center in Conyers, GA, joined OSS for a week in Kolkata, where the mission treated 14 patients.
In 2014 IASA supported the efforts of a team from UK headed by Dr. Sashin Ahuja of University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with cooperation with Polio Foundation in Ahmedabad, India. A total of 10 patients were operated on at the Polio Foundation Hospital, and the B.J Medical College Civil Hospital.
The UK team of surgeons and neuro monitors returned to Polio Foundation in Ahmedabad for a week in January 2016 to perform six successful deformity procedures. A report with photos is posted below.Download Application
From January 16 – 21, 2016, as part of a commitment to alleviate orthopedic handicaps in early childhood, Polio Foundation in Ahmedabad concluded its third successful scoliosis medical mission in collaboration with a team of international experts in spine surgery and electro-monitoring technology from United Kingdom. The mission was organized and hosted by the Polio Foundation, and supported by a grant from IASA.
The Polio Foundation initiated its preparations very early and by November 2015, Dr. Amit Jhala and Dr. Dhruv Patel screened (with clinical details – photos, radiological & pathological) a total of 19 scoliosis cases, with the findings shared with the team in UK. The team included spine surgeons Dr. Vinay Jasani, Dr. Rajat Raj Verma and Dr. Shaishav Bhagat. They were supported by neuro-monitoring expert, Mr. Mushtaq Shaikh from UK, and by local anesthesiologist Dr. Bharat Oza, Dr. Manoj Kathariya, and D.r Maulik Mehta. Dr. Kalpan Desai, senior orthopedic surgeon, coordinated the pre-surgery investigations.
Upon arrival in Ahmedabad, the UK team examined all patients in details & counseled them about the surgical treatment to be offered. Patients were then scheduled for surgery in the following days. There were 5 female and 1 male patient, ranging from 7 to 25 years of age. All six cases had large curves at different levels of spine and underwent surgical correction with pedicle screws and rods. Each surgery lasted approximately seven hours with consumption of overall only four PCV, thanks to efficient use of anesthesia & high degree of surgical skill. All patients were recovered well and were ambulated by the 3rd day and continue to show further improvement.
The team was very pleased with the arrangements and reiterated their wish to have such charity mission held every year at the Polio Foundation.
Scoliosis Mission at the Polio Foundation – Ahmedabad, India
From Left – Mr. A. N. Banerjee (Head of HR, Polio Foundation), Dr. Prakash Bhatt (CEO, Polio Foundation), Mr. Mushtaq Shaikh (Intraoperative neurophysiology, Preston, UK), Dr. Vinay Jasani (consultant spine surgeon, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, UK), Mr. Simon Pugh (Globus Medical, Account Manager, UK), Dr. Rajat Raj Verma (consultant spine surgeon, Manchester Spinal Services, Manchester, UK), Dr. Shaishav Bhagat (consultant spine surgeon, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich, UK)