drjimjr Jun 7, 2012
Surgery Specialty: Pediatric surgery
The Rotary Club of San Francisco del Monte's (RI District 3780) Operating Room on Wheels Since its launching in Sept. 2007, the Rotary Club of San Francisco del Monte's (RI District 3780) DOCS Surgical Van...
The Rotary Club of San Francisco del Monte's (RI District 3780) Operating Room on Wheels Since its launching in Sept. 2007, the Rotary Club of San Francisco del Monte's (RI District 3780) DOCS Surgical Van has performed more than 30 surgical missions all over Luzon with more than 3,000 beneficiaries. To have an idea of the impact of these missions, I will give an example. So far we have done 6 inguinal hernia surgeries under local & peripheral nerve anesthesia on kids
inside the surgical van. Because of these promising results, I was invited by the Phil. Children's Medical Center to help them on their 2 scheduled hernia surgical missions last Oct.5 ( joint project with GMA 7 Gawad Kapuso project) and last Oct 30 in Norzagaray, Bulacan. From these 2 missions, 30 patients (out of a total of 71) aged 6-11 yrs. old, underwent herniotomy (and some with concomitant orchidopexy procedure for undescended testis) under local & peripheral nerve anesthesia. In terms of the economic impact, a case of herniotomy under general anesthesia on a kid will cost at least 60K (private) and 10K (charity) while if it is done under local & peripheral nerve block, it will only cost 20-30K (private) and 3K (charity). In other words, there is a significant reduction in the cost of surgery if the procedure is done under local & peripheral nerve anesthesia, more than 50% reduction for private patients and 70% for charity cases! With the experiences that we had from the monthly mission trips of the DOCS Surgical van, we not only have helped many indigent patients but also have made pioneering works that will benefit our people, especially the 60-70% of the population who are living below the poverty line. Hopefully, through publications, presentations in conventions and the internet, we will be able to share this kind of idea and experience to other countries.
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