Dr Andrew Edwards was invited to visit Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital by Dr SM Balaji, a renowned Chennai-based Cranio-maxillofacial surgeon. The distinguished oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is the Dean-Elect of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, visited the hospital with his team of surgeons. They were warmly welcomed at the hospital by Dr SM Balaji, Dr Preetha Balaji, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Dr Varsha Balaji, postgraduate MD student in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The visitors were first given a guided tour of the dental clinic by Dr SM Balaji. The various treatments offered at the clinic were explained to them as were the safety protocols regarding asepsis and sterilization practices at the clinic. Dr Edwards and his team were suitably impressed and said that this was on par with the standard treatment protocols prescribed by the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow.
Dr Edwards and his team were then taken for ward rounds by Dr SM Balaji and met with some of the patients. They viewed preoperative photographs of the patients and Dr SM Balaji explained some of the challenges and the steps taken to overcome them in a third world setting.
Dr Edwards expressed his appreciation at the innovative techniques evolved by Dr SM Balaji to provide results that were world class.
Dr Edwards and his team then interacted with Dr SM Balaji and his team over hors d’oeuvres at the conference hall. They viewed slides/videos of surgeries performed on syndromic patients with craniofacial deformities with preoperative and postoperative photographs.
Dr Edwards expressed his appreciation of the services rendered by Dr SM Balaji for patients who would otherwise have a very poor quality of life due to their craniofacial deformities. The visiting team expressed their appreciation to Dr Balaji for having provided them with an insight into the quality of medical care being provided at the hospital.