Local ENT Consultant in team performing 110 major operations at ear camp in Nepal...
Spire Clare Park and Frinley Park Hospital ENT (Ear, nose and throat) Consultant, David Jonathan was one of three ENT surgeons from the UK who recently took part in the 47th BRINOS ear camp in Nepalgunj.
BRINOS, a registered UK charity, was set up 24 years ago to undertake ear surgery in Nepal as well as to help train Nepali ENT surgeons. Two to three times a year BRINOS runs an ‘ear camp’ where pre-selected patients undergo surgical procedures for ear conditions which would otherwise go untreated.
Nepal ranks amongst the poorest nations in the world and, partly due to lack of general healthcare as well as poor nutritional status, the incidence of ear disease is high. Nepalgunj is Nepal’s second largest city. It lies in the lowlands, towards the west of the country and close to the Indian border.
David spoke about the trip; “this was my second visit to Nepalgunj and, as on my previous visit, the organisation was superb, which meant we were able to undertake a large number of operations in a short period of time.
After an overnight stop in the capital Kathmandu, we arrived in Nepalgunj on the Saturday and went to the hospital straight from the airport. We spent the rest of the day setting up the operating theatres and over the next nine days we undertook 110 major ear operations, three quarters being done under local anaesthetic, with general anaesthetic being reserved for the longest procedures. On the final day we carried out a number of more minor ear operations before packing up and heading home.
The days were long and tiring and very hot, but the team spirit was extraordinary which made the work tremendously enjoyable.”
The ear operations undertaken were:
- repair of ear drum perforations (myringoplasty)
- mastoidectomy to treat cholesteatoma (a potentially life threatening condition)
- stapedectomy surgery to alleviate the hearing loss caused by otosclerosis.
Further information on BRINOS can be found on their website at www.brinos.org.uk