The Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, ITS Dental College, Hospital & Research Centre, Greater Noida celebrated the International Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Day on 13th February 2018.
The distinguished Guests for the occasion were Col. P.K.Chatopadhaya, Senior Advisor OMFS, ADC (R&R) Army Hospital, Dr.Athreya Rajagopal, Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Sant Parmanand Hospital, Delhi & Dr.Gaurav Sharma, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital. Also present on the occasion were Director – Principal, Prof (Dr) Akshay Bhargava, all dental and medical HODs, faculty members and students.
To commemorate the day, a public awareness and education campaign projecting the work done by Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon was organized by the department.
(Maj. Gen.) Dr G.K Thapliyal, Prof & Head welcomed all the invited guests & delivered an inspiring lecture to the young budding surgeons in the specialty. He said that "Initially, this branch dealt with only dental surgeries. Over the years, its domain has widened and now deals with problems from head to throat. With aid from technologies like LASER and titanium implants, the branch offers a lot of scope in the future too," his address acted as a medium to inform students about the specialty and encourage them to opt for it."
Col. P.K.Chatopadhaya addressed the gatheringand mentioned that he was honored to be part of the ceremony. He spoke about the scopeand future of the specialty in India. He also spoke about the surgical management of sleep apnea in the patients. He discussed about the various treatment modalities available for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Dr.Athreya Rajagopal in his lecture showed various cases done by him by the use of derma fillers and Botox. He inspired the budding Oral Surgeons and told that sky is the limit for them. He told that esthetics can be achieved with the help of soft tissue management and minimal invasive procedures.
Dr.Gaurav Sharma shared his insights about the Hair Transplant followed by Live surgery demonstration. He told that hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the ‘donor site’, to a bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. He said in this minimally invasive procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding, (like the back of the head) are transplanted to the bald scalp.
Director – Principal, Prof (Dr) Akshay Bhargava shared his words of wisdom and addressed the gathering. He told that International OMS Day is celebrated to acknowledge the contributions of oral and maxillofacial surgeons to society around the world and to raise the profile of the specialty. He appraised the gathering and emphasized that the job of a dentist today has surpassed taking care of one’s teeth or oral health. Whether it is dealing with patients having cancer anywhere above the neck, correcting birth defects like cleft lip or dealing with people who have incurred grave injuries on the face, one specialist who is always needed on board is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
The event came to an end with the cake cutting ceremony. The function was followed by High Tea for the faculty members and students.