In mid-July, ReSurge sent visiting educators Dr. Gordon Lee and Dr. Matthew Chetta to train local residents and faculty in Nepal on microsurgery. Microsurgery uses special operating microscopes and instruments to perform operations. With microsurgery, it’s possible to transplant or replant not just skin (as with a skin graft) but composite tissue, including blood vessels and nerves. Surgeons therefore have more freedom to reconstruct for patients who have been impaired by traumatic injuries or congenital conditions. While in Nepal, ReSurge educators delivered a specialized curriculum created by distinguished faculty members, as well as hands-on training in the lab.
In addition to lab training, ReSurge and local Nepalese surgeons worked side-by-side to treat two patients. In one of the cases, ReSurge and local trainees were able to save the leg of Bishal, an 8-year old boy who had been injured in an automobile accident.