Many enduring and heartening tragedies and follies in mythology and history could have been prevented had there been plastic or reconstructive surgery available then. Consider the possibility of averting the war of Ramayana by timely intervention by a surgeon in the form of grafts/ rotational flaps to reconstruct the rightly smothered nose of the vengeful Surpanakha, sister of Ravana.
Such is the power and beauty of a surgeon's knife that it can transform and change lives for better. Oculoplastic surgery, by envisaging to reconstruct, restore and rejuvenate, truly emerges as a transformational and creative science. Also, it transgresses the traditional boundaries of Ophthalmology and encompasses within its embrace relevant principles and practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is these attributes of 'oculofacial plastic and orbital surgery' that draw me passionately towards gaining knowledge and acquiring skills of this beautiful science.
In pursuance to my desire for the same, immediately after my DNB, I joined 'P D Hinduja National Hospital' as a senior registrar to work under the guidance and mentor-ship of Dr. Savari Desai. In the months that followed, I had the opportunity to observe and assist numerous surgical procedures. These ranged form the common ones like DCR and ptosis correction to the rarer procedures like 'dermis fat grafts' for contracted sockets and lid reconstruction following tumor excision. Similarly, I had an enriching experience in the clinic, with myriads of varieties like ectropion/ entropion, ptosis, thyroid eye disease, orbital tumors, orbital abscess, retinoblastoma, hemifacial spasms, blepharophimosis, melanoma choroid, etc. The experience I thus gained has only reconfirmed and reinforced my passion for 'oculoplastic and orbital' surgery.
In order to deliver the best in terms of evaluation, diagnosis, surgical outcome, rehabilitation and cosmetic/ aesthetic...