ABOUT US

This institute was started as the department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in 1971 by Prof.R.Venkataswami with 20 Special beds. The primary moto of our department has been “WORK TO SERVE”. Now, the department has seen tremendous growth with 120 beds with its own 2 storey building under the guidence of Prof. Dr G Balakrishnan

The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation of Hand and Department of Plastic Surgery (IRRH & DPS) has been regarded as a “center of excellence” for treating various types of injuries and disorders of the hand, providing highly specialized and comprehensive care for these patients. Apart from hand surgery, the department also caters to the needs of patients requiring General plastic surgery, Cosmetic surgery, trauma, and Reconstructive Micro-surgery.

IRRH & DPS is one of the few superspeciality departments to have a dedicated building to itself that is self sufficient and self sustaining. There is a team of plastic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, physiatrist, physiotherapists, pharmacist, nursing staff, ANM workers and social worker that work together everyday to bring quality care to both out patient and in patients.

History

This institute was started as the department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery on January 26th 1971 by Prof. R. Venkataswami with 20 Special beds. The Wilson ward was the core of the department with 4 beds, the remaining 16 spread across other wards. The veranda of the Wilson ward was converted into an operating theatre including emergency theatre. Over thousand surgeries were performed within the very first month.

WILSON WARD:HEADQUARTERS OF THE PLASTIC SURGERY DEPARTMENT IN 1971. THE ADJACENT CORRIDOR WAS CONVERTED INTO OPERATING THEATER.

Innovative ideas like the famous “RED LINE” was painted from the casualty to the plastic surgery department to help guide patients with hand injury without any hassle.

In 1974, Hand Injury Service was started with a separate Hand Injury ward with 20 beds and dedicated Hand Injury Operation Theatre (HIOT) exclusively for Hand. A separate database for Hand and Plastic Surgery pwere also established.

A SEPARATE BLOCK FOR HAND SERVICES WAS STARTED WITH AN EXCLUSIVE THEATER ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

This is the only Organized Center for Hand and Microsurgery in the country and renders the following specialized Hand Reconstruction and Rehabilitation services in addition to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

1. Surgery on Acutely injured Hand
2. Reconstructive Hand surgery -following trauma, burns, infection, congenital, etc.
3. Reconstructive Microsurgery
4. Anesthesia for Hand and Microsurgery and Pain management
5. Hand therapy

In order to create human resources and broaden the services, Post Graduate Course in MCh plastic surgery was started in 1978.

SOME OF OUR EARLIEST GLORIOUS POST GRADUATES

Unique documentation system and coding, Medical Record Section and Morning Conference and Cleft Lip Clinic are the added features of this institute in 1978.

A MANUAL RECORD OF ALL THE PATIENTS WERE VERY EARLY ON. A VIEW OF THE RECORD SECTION IN THE CORRIDOR

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE CLINIC

DAILY MORNING REPORT TO DISCUSS PREVIOUS DAY CASES FOR BENEFIT OF ALL

The department was re designated as “Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Hand Surgery” in 1979.

Exclusive Elective operation theatre complex with five tables (two for plastic surgery, one for microsurgery and two for day emergency hand injury ), First Microsurgical service in India in 1981 and a dedicated Hand Rehabilitation section in 1982 were established.

The Concept of service was Early Primary Skin Cover and Definitive Reconstructive Surgery and In Continuity Management under One Roof to get back the Form and Function of the injured hand. To impart specialized training and develop skill on hand, a certificate Course on Hand Surgery was initiated by the Government of Tamil Nadu, in the year 1986.

A 20 bed Arcot Hanumantha Rao Ward (AHR Ward) for women and children from public donations was inaugurated in 1987.

The department was upgraded as an Institute for Research and Rehabilitation of Hand and Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Hand Surgery. additional staffs and an additional ward the “Bannerman ward” with 20 beds was added in 1987

The institute was recognized as center of excellence and 6 bed ICU was organized in 1998.

A new building complex with an additional male ward with 20 more beds were commissioned by Prof. G. BaIakrishnan in 2003.

In order to develop human resources and expand the services on this very specialized Hand and Microsurgical services, this Institute is divided into two separate departments namely, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Institute for Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, thus committed to the society to establish a new post graduate higher specialty course in M Ch Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery and making the service more accountable and opened a new chapter in the management of a very important Regional Anatomical Organ -The Hand.

This institute has become the Nodal Training Center for Hand and Microsurgery and conducts a Statewide Training Programme for medical officers and paramedical staffs from all levels of health care delivery system in Tamil Nadu with NRHM aid.

This institute has been permitted to Initiate The State Of Art Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Transplantation and thus became the HAND TRANSPLANTION CENTRE, the first of its kind in the Indian sub continent in 2010.

The Institute for hand and reconstructive microsurgery has received the NATIONAL AWARD 2010FOR THE BEST INSTITUTION in recognition of the outstanding performance in the Held of empowerment of persons with disabilities in Dec,2010.

Six days a week out patient service except Sundays, Special Hand Clinics called SEARCH, (Specialized Evaluation And Research Clinics on the Hand ) Electronic presentation of Daily Morning Conference, Pain Management Clinic , Neurophysiology lab with EMG and NCS facilities, Microsurgery Training and Research Lab , Fully computerized networking of the department with computerized registration in the MRD and emergency reception are some of the features added to the department in 2010.

CONTACT

    044-4488-4646

    irrhdpsstanley@gmail.com

      Govt Stanley Medical College & Hospital,
Old Jail Road, Chennai – 600 001.

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