The department in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Orthopaedic Association (UPOA) has also held a state level skill enhancement programme on the use, relevance and importance of the ‘Ponseti technique’ of plaster for clubfoot correction in children.
“The technique was first used in Uganda in the 1980s and has been in practice ever since but not many expert hands are available to tackle the technicality to perfection, especially in the rural and peripheral areas, from where most patients of clubfoot arise,” said Professor Ajai Singh, head of the KGMU’s paediatric orthopaedic department.
“At KGMU everyday, we do over 25 such plasters in the OPD. And if doctors and their staff get well versed with this cost-effective method, we can reduce both, the requirement for surgery and the risk of a relapse. The success rate is very high with the technique, so if administered very early on, it can cure the child fully and even if brought in late, it can reduce the risk of surgery to a large percentage,” he added.
To fill the gap of having the right skill for using the Ponseti technique, KGMU is also disseminating its treatment protocol at for a wider knowledge base.