The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram, in collaboration with the Association of Southern Urologists (ASU), the South Zone Chapter of Urological Society of India (USI), organized a one-day Prof. H.S. Bhat Continuing Urology Education (CUE) programme at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, on November 27, 2016. The programme focussed on the topic “Urolithiasis”, which means Kidney Stone Disease. The inauguration of the programme was attended by the Trustees of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri K .Chakravarthy, Sri. R.J. Rathnakar and Sri Prasada Rao.
The CUE is being held in the honour of Late Prof. H.S. Bhat, a legendary figure and a doyen of Urology in India. An ardent devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Prof. Bhat was instrumental in setting up the Urology department at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, and starting the postgraduate programme. He remained as the Chairman of the department for close to two decades. Prof. Bhat passed away on November 19, 2010 at SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram.
The academic programme was attended by around 135 urologists from across the country. Some of the most eminent urology surgeons participated as faculty members at the programme. The faculty included, Dr. D. Ramesh, Honorary Secretary of Urological Society of India, Dr. Krishnaswamy Kannan, President ASU, Dr. Mahesh Desai, Medical Director at the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Nadiad, Prof. Nitin Kekre, Head of Urology from Chiristian Medical College, Vellore and Dr. Sanjay Bhat, Senior Consultant, Urology from Kochi among others.
Dr. Keshav Murthy, Senior Urologist and the first postgraduate urology student of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram welcomed all the guests and delegates to the programme.
The topics covered in the programme included “Kidney Stone Analysis”, “ Predicting the factors of stone recurrence and evaluation,” “Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy : Current Trends” and “Management of Stones in Anomolous Kidneys”.
Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. Gurumurthy, in his welcome address, delineated the five healthcare principles of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s namely, Universal healthcare, decommercialised healthcare, loving and compassionate healthcare, preventive healthcare and spiritualization of healthcare to the delegates, many of whom were visiting Puttaparthi for the first time.
Dr. Gurumurthy also reminiscenced about one of his interactions with Prof. H.S. Bhat. He mentioned that during a conference in Bangalore, which was attended by hundreds of urologists, there was a lack of clarity regarding one of the surgical procedures and to clear the confusion, Prof. Bhat just got up and shared his experience. The whole house, which was till then in a state of confusion in one voice agreed with Prof. Bhat. “That was the greatness of Prof. Bhat,” the Director said.
Dr. Krishnaswamy Kannan the President of the Association of Southern Urologists in his inaugural talk said that t was his destiny that had brought him to this holy place of Prasanthi Nilayam where divine peace pervades everywhere . “And it is a place which inspires all of us to practice selfless service and heal patients with love and compassion,” he said. Dr. Kannan added that all the attendees would go back with rich knowledge of the subject and the blessings of Bhagawan Baba, which will help them to put into practice the knowledge gained during the programme.
The academic programme was divided into 6 sessions over all and an exhaustive list of 18 topics were covered.
The morning session began with a lecture by Dr. D. Ramesh, on Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL): Where we stand today. This topic was followed by a talk by Dr. Arun Chawla, Senior Urologist from Manipal on "Predicting the factors of stone recurrence and evaluation". The session then shifted to an interesting topic of Laser Lithotripsy. Laser lithotripsy is a procedure in which optical fibre is inserted into the body through which carry laser pulses, which pulvarise the stones. Dr. T. Manohar from Bangalore dicussed the efficacy of this procedure and the mechanism to improve the procedure.
Senior Urologist Dr. Mahesh Desai then gave a presentation on "Planning the puncture and predicting the stone clearance in Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)". This topic was followed by "Preventing Sepsis in Endouological Procedures", by Dr. KSN Chary from Guntur. Endourological procedures use special instruments introduced into the urinary system through the urethra and percutaneous techniques. Dr. Chary discussed the prevention of sepsis which may take place after such a procedures.
In the evening session several other topics were covered which included, " Managing Stuvite Stones : Is it anyway different from routine?", "Newer Technology in Stone Fragmentation", Latrogenic injuries during endourological procedures", by Dr. Sanjay Bhat and "Difficult Scenarios and Complications in Endourology", by Dr. C. Mallikarjuna.