Robotic surgery will play a significant role in surgical gastroenterology in near future. The research in this direction towards achieving a humanoid robot which could undertake surgery with minimal manual assistance, was a matter of intense discussion. The occasion was the 2-day national-level inter-services conference entitled ‘Facets of the Same Coin – Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology’ conducted recently by the Military Hospital in Jaipur. It was organized under the aegis of the South Western Command. This was the first time a seminar on super-specialty subject had been organised at Military Hospital Jaipur with active participation from eminent Gastroenterologists and GI Surgeons of SMS Hospital, Jaipur.
The prestigious conference under the ‘Continuing Medical Education Program’ was attended by a large number of delegates from all the three services as well as eminent civil gastroenterologists. It was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Lt Gen Alok Kler, VSM, GOC-In-C HQ South Western Command. The Guest of Honor was Lt Gen Anup Banerji SM, PHS, Director General Medical Services (Army). Maj Gen Manu Arora, the MG Medical South Western Command delivered the welcome address and chaired the keynote session. On this occasion Gen. Banerji also launched a mobile app which provides information about various specialist services / facilities available in Military Hospital Jaipur. The inaugural session was concluded with vote of thanks delivered by Brigadier Pradeep K Hasija , Commandant Military Hospital Jaipur.
In the panel discussion on ‘Roadmap of Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology services in Armed Forces’, important emphasis was also given to obesity while discussing options of Endo-bariatric therapy and Metabolic surgery. Various techniques of Gall stones removal by ERCP or Laproscopic exploratory methods were also debated.
Some of the other sessions were focused on diseases related to ‘Liver and Pancreas’ ; upper and lower GI tract and recent advances. The CME also show cased parallel discussions on newer treatment options for Hepatitis B and Dyspepsia.