In a first, endoscopic & microscopic ear surgeries performed simultaneously at KEM Hospital

A part of a pre-conference workshop organised by MumbaiCon 2017, the demonstration of the two different techniques was attended by around 200 medical professionals across India. Doctors from Chennai and Brazil performed the two surgeries

For the first time, endoscopic and microscopic ear surgeries performed simultaneously at KEM Hospital

  • First-of-its-kind live cadaveric demonstration of both microscopic and endoscopic ear surgery took place at Seth GS Medical College at KEM Hospital, Mumbai.
  • Around 200 ENT surgeons, doctors and medical students across India attended the demonstration.
  • It is a part of a pre-conference workshop organised by MumbaiCon 2017, which is organised by the Association of Otolaryngologists of India (Mumbai branch).
  • It is one of the oldest associations of ENT Surgeons of Mumbai.
  • Dr Joao Flavio Nogueira from Brazil demonstrated the nuances of endoscopic ear surgeries.
  • Dr Ravi Ramalingam from KKR Institute of Chennai demonstrated microscopic otologic surgery.

The medical jugalbandi

Dr Samir Bhargava, Honorary Consultant at Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital, said, “It was a jugalbandi of simultaneous live cadaveric demonstrations of both microscopic and endoscopic techniques for a comparison. Seeing two different types of surgeries at one platform makes us aware about advantages and disadvantages of both and takes the best out of it for benefit of patient with best results.”

Traditionally, ear surgeries were performed using simple headlight and gouge hammer. Later, microscope and drill were used.  Endoscopes, which were being used in nasal surgery, are now being used for ear surgeries.

“Angled endoscopes enable us to look into the nooks and cervices of the ear. Both have their pros and cons and each has staunch supporters. Endoscopic nasal surgeries have also undergone tremendous progress using high-definition camera systems. Our surgical technique has improved to such an extent that we are gradually extending our reach, which was initially confined to the nose, onto the anterior and lateral skull base,” said Dr Hetal Marfatia, Head of ENT Department at KEM Hospital.

Evolution of ENT

The field of ENT has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years. The ENT surgeons have witnessed a phenomenal technological advancement in the techniques used.

Dr Prasad Kelkar, a Mumbai-based ENT surgeon, said, “For the first time in Maharashtra two types of ear surgeries were demonstrated simultaneously, which was a good learning experience. These surgeries were performed by two eminent surgeons, one from India and another from Brazil. I am sure this demonstration will help medical professionals in their clinical practice.”