Surgical services are an essential part of modern medicine. The high cost of such services makes them inaccessible to most of the rural poor, and, when available, paying for these medical procedures is the 2nd leading cause of impoverishment in rural India. Very few centers in India provide good surgical facilities at affordable costs. JSS is one such center- a reliable place for surgical care for a large, remote, and underprivileged region. The JSS campus contains an operation theatre complex which includes 3 major operation theatres and a labour room. This complex has been open since June 2001, and has provided high-quality surgical services to more than 10,000 patients. We conduct around 40 minor and 30 major surgeries a week.
People living in rural poverty often develop complex surgical problems due to the general inaccessibility and high cost of surgical care and diagnostic aids. We see a great number of advanced tumors and cysts, debilitating burn contractures, non-healing ulcers, and infected wounds. Despite these challenges, JSS is able to conduct a wide range of surgeries in, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thoracic surgery, Urology, GI surgeries, Oncological surgeries, Pediatric surgery and some Orthopedic surgeries at 1/10th of the cost of an urban private center. A caesarean section can cost upwards of 30,000 rupees at an urban centre; it costs 2,000 rupees here at JSS.
Surgeries have been performed for the following conditions:
Urinary stones, gastro-intestinal perforation, gallstones, appendicitis, hernia, hydrocoele, haemorrhoids, fistula-in-ano, intestinal obstruction, cancer of the colon and rectum, hydatid cyst.
Gynaecological and Obstetric:
Cancer of the uterus, uterine cervix and breast, ovarian cyst, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, cystocoele, rectocoele, vesico-vaginal fistula, caesarean section
Chest and ENT:
Empyema thoracis, thyroid adenoma, mixed parotid tumour
Skin and connective tissues:
Necrotising fasciitis, pyomyositis, post-burn contractures, squamous cell carcinoma, abscesses, fractures
Congenital and paediatric:
Cleft lip and palate, tracheo-oesophageal fistula, clubfoot, hydrocephalus, Hirschsprung disease, congenital pyloric stenosis, posterior urethral valves, stricture of the urethra, Wilm’s tumour, necrotising enterocolitis, hypospadias, undescended testis