Dr. Tom Moore and Dr.David Leber, Interplast volunteer visiting educator.
Today we arrive in Raichur, India as guests of Dr. Dineash Singh, chairman of maxillofacial surgery at Raichur Dental College. Dr. Dinesh Singh had contacted Interplast asking for help with a large backload of microtia cases. We arrived after a four hour auto ride over marginal roads from Hyderabad. We were very impressed with the operating room and facilities at the college. Although we bring our own instruments and medical supplies we depend on the hosts to provide the medical infrastructure including a clean well ventilated operating room, good lighting, modern anesthesia equipment, a competent anesthesiologist, good monitoring equipment, and a well staffed recovery room. Patient safety is our first priority. Although Raichur is in a remote area in India we felt confident to proceed after we inspected the facility. Tomorrow we will begin with the same schedule that worked so well in Dhaka including a clinic, lectures, and a carving class, followed by two days of surgery.