A MedSoc talk by Mr Thanjakumar Arulampalam
On Tuesday 9 October the RHS MedSoc were delighted to welcome senior consultant Mr Thanjakumar Arulampalam who gave a fascinating presentation to over forty students and members of staff on the subject of ‘Technology in Surgery’.
Mr Arulampalam is a highly experienced laparoscopic surgeon with twenty years of experience using state-of-the-art technology to perform numerous operations. He is also father of Ben in Drake Year 8 and Matilda in Blake Year 7.
He started his presentation by explaining why medicine had appealed to him from an early age and how he had watched his father’s medical seminars in Sri Lanka. He surprised the audience when he explained that the first references to surgery are found in Egyptian history when they used ant pinchers to close wounds, much like how the modern surgeon may use staples!
Mr Arulampalam went on to say that advancements in modern surgery, like key-hole procedures and single incision operations, have greatly increased patients’ likelihood of survival. He discussed, in detail, the full extent of these benefits but also some of the negative effects such as cost and time. Procedures such as laparoscopy do take longer but they have dramatically decreased the amount of time a patient has to stay in hospital. The use of robots in operations was one of the other many interesting topics of the presentation. Many were surprised to discover that a surgeon does not have to be in the same room as the patient that is being operated on, not even in the same country or, more extraordinarily, the same continent!
The MedSoc would like to thank Mr Arulampalan for an extremely interesting and enlightening presentation and look forward to taking up his invitation to visit the ICENI Centre at Colchester Hospital in November.
The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org