Monday, September 28, 2009


HPV vaccine.sounds good.......................uhhh........but what is it?why?Let us talk about cervical cancer a bit,(cancer of mouth of the womb),Commonest killer cancer amongst Indian women.Out of 5 lac cases detected annually globally,India has 1 lac of them,Scary isn't it???That too a cancer which is preventable.
A routine check called 'Pap Smear' should be done every 3 years from the age of 24 to 50 and then at 5 yrly interval between 50 to 64.After that you don't need it.
Now HPV vaccine sounds wonderful but for the cost,lack of awareness and a little stigma attached with HPV of it being transmitted sexually in majority of the case.
But anyways it might turn out useful in long run,when it is cheaper than the current Rs 9000/.
The recommended age is between 9 yrs to 26 years.And still one needs regular pap smears.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

New to India and looking Options for Antenatal care?

New to India and looking Options for Antenatal care?
Well yes ..................can appreciate if you are a foreigner living or working in India and your health care system is different than Ours,you might be pretty confused.Where to go?
Recently One such mom delivered under my care.A cool couple.Very chilled about the things but still there was an apprehension.Not with me,not with hospital but just as it is a country which is not as familiar to them.They made a very sensible birth plan which looked so very exhaustive to our team members,but in fact it wasn't.They were just too prepared for the whole experience of pregnancy and childbirth.A birth plan given in advance helped us in giving them a good quality care.And yes! it felt really good when they left the hospital on a very positive note,happy with the whole team.So if you are new to India,little apprehensive and wish to know where to go for health care,I would certainly suggest give yourself as well Us(i.e ,MAX Gurgaon) a chance to make your health care experience in India a memorable one.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


This is one issue which leaves me quite confused.It is a common Practice to prescribe Progesterone supplement by the physiscians in India.There is evidence that it can cause structural defects in babies.But there are studies also that they are useful.I don't know the real answer to it.So very confused I don't supplement unless patient's demamnd for it.Has anyone got any evidence based answer...............................?????????

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Miscarriage.A difficult situation for patient and doctor both.Why me.............?Did I do something wrong?Will I have a repeat in next pregnancy.Was my doctor at fault?Did she/he missed to instruct me something,which could have prevented the miscarriage.Pregnancy is a wasteful process with 25%of pregnancies ending in miscarriage.No you are not alone and neither is it going to repeat itself in next pregnancy.Progesterone,HCG injections and bed rest are not of any confirmed value but it gives both the concerened sides i.e doctor and the patient the feeling that something is being done.Its a traumatic condition emotionally.If you are one of such would be moms who has undergone any such experience.Don't loose heart.Its not an end..........

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Basic surgical skills

1.10 in the night.......3 days of gruelling course at jhonson and jhonson centre at kirti nagar.It was fun to train fellow gynaecologists.It was RCOG's basic surgical skills course and was well attended by able gynaecologists from India.Got the opportunity to practice so many mock drills while teaching them.Hope all the trainees went home back feeling it a ,worthwhile, course.First time it is out of UK and it is being conducted at a much cheaper rate as compared to UK with the same quality of training.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


It is a topic not related to women health directly but indirectly definitely and it has a huge positive effect in growth of doctors as professionals and clinicians which ultimately leads to better patient care.To be a mentor a senior consultant needs to be magnanimous,has to find enjoyment and satisfaction in one's disciples good work.Unfortunately in gynaecology ,particularly in Indian corporate system there are very few actual mentors.Competition and jealousy is basic human nature but my personal opinion is when we are in a noble profession like we are in the interest of oneself,juniors and patients overcoming these petty human emotion is a must.My consultant,Mr P tivy Jones said at Ysbyty Gwynedd said while teaching me operative laparoscopy ' learn one,do one and teach one' and I do believe that is the way one can grow and be a true professional.

Friday, September 11, 2009


It is already past midnight of Friday.Time just flew this week since I wrote a post.It was maddeningly busy at work place.Not that I mind.Some exciting surgeries,lots of action,drama at work place and what not..........Life looks like straight out of the soap operas running at our Indian Television.But all in all,with the able help of my surgeon colleague,did a very good case.Aha and how can I forget to thanks my team mates and jounior friends Asha and Deepa for a beautiful assistance.Grade 4 endometriosis(sorry we realised it only on table that the case was so complicated after putting the laparoscope in) with everything stuck up inside the abdomen including the gut and ureter.Beautiful laparoscopic hysterectomy.And that's the beauty of key hole surgery,within 48 hrs of surgery patient is back home,feeling fit and fine.Around mid 30s and 40s a very painful,heavy period might be indicative of 'endometriosis'.A condition when menstural blood goes inside the abdominal cavity as well and makes all the organs to get stuck up.A frustrating condition for both patient and the doctor alike,particularly in case of patients yet to complete family.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Oh Please......Its sunday

I appreciate the problems of working couple where the husband is free only on Sunday's and who are keen that I would be available on Sundays for consultation(which anyways I am available for 2 hrs on alternate sun days) but at the same time I do feel at times please do realise a doctor is a human being too who is working 24/7,365 days a year for emergencies but needs some time for her or his family and oneself.I have disappointed a few patients already but Oh Please..............Its Sunday

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rising caesarean section rate

Doc,please do something.please,I want a c-section.I can't tolerate labour pains............
your baby's heart rate is going down,you need a c-section.
you haven't progressed well in labour can't deliver vaginally.need to do a c-section.
baby is upside down(Breech) need to do a c-section.
Your baby has passed stool inside the womb.
List is unending for why we end up with a c-section.
WHO recommends a c-section rate of no more than 15%;for an optimal care for both mother and baby.But are we maintaing that rate?I do remember how it used to be a Panic situation at my hospital in UK the moment we crossed 20% of the deliveries as C-section.And it used to be an exhausting exercise for Mr Banfield,our Labour Room in charge to go through all the c-section files.And most often then not, we were able to maintain the c-section rate within 20% despite the fact we were a referral centre with high risk cases.And no,we didn't gave compromised babies in return.
Today ,when I look back,I do feel thankful to all my bosses at NHS,who made me realise that conducting delivery is more of an art than skill.Taught me the nuances of instrumental delivery.Thanks my dear teachers,you have helped me in a big way in maintaing my c section rate still within the WHO approved rate.I know it means spending a little more time with the patient,being little more patient but at the end of a vaginal delivery(be it normal or instrumental)I feel on the top of the world and believe me I thank you all,every time................

A link below which is related and I found it interesting

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

haemorrhage in Pregnancy

I was enjoying my surgeon collegue performing a beautiful rectopexy for rectal prolase and suddenly came to know a lady with pregnancy and severe bleed was being taken in next OT for Caesarean.
Torrential bleeding in pregnancy still remains the commonest cause of maternal deaths in our country.It is a real emergency when the delegated team of doctors,nurses,porters ,lab staff and blood bank need to work in a systematic and coordinated manner.The anxious relatives need to be kept informed of the proceedings.
I feel if we have a protocol in place ,where every concerened health professional knows what to do when in such emergencies and things run very smoothly with better patient care.I love the mock drills we used to have at our hospital in UK.As I am finishing today's note,just wish that the said patient and her baby are fine.