The Department of Surgery was started by Prof Mohan Kumar in January 1987, when the first batch of MBBS students of the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research began their clinical training. With only outpatient facility available, patients were taken to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital for operations.
Today, under Dr S. Premkumar, it is one of the core departments in the hospital that provides all through the week out-patient services, in addition to elective and emergency inpatient services. With 15 qualified surgeons in six units, the range of surgeries performed include cancer, gastrointestinal, breast, thyroid and other endocrine surgeries. Advanced head and neck cancer surgery, reconstruction and major abdominal surgeries, such as surgery for portal hypertension, are performed.
Dr S. Premkumar, Head of the Department of Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is one of its strengths with several advanced procedures being done routinely. The surgeons are adept in performing complex abdominal surgeries through the laparoscope. Bariatric surgery or surgery for morbid obesity is also done. The hospital's centrally air-conditioned operation theatre complex has state-of-the-art equipment, adjoined by a sophisticated surgical intensive care unit, using the latest life support systems. The department also has an upper and lower GI endoscopy unit.
The well-equipped emergency unit follows internationally recognised advanced trauma life support protocols. With a team led by a qualified Surgeon in the hospital, 24 hours a day, trauma and other emergencies are dealt adroitly. It also ensures that continuous and quality patient care is rendered.
Academics and continuous upgrading have not lagged behind. Six major international conferences, popularly known as PSG Surgicon, have been conducted in the last decade. There is an active postgraduate program.
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Department conducts regular National Conferences & Workshops under the title "PSG Surgicon"