R. Sidharth may have around 10 more years to go before realising his dream of becoming a doctor and performing a surgery. But, on Friday, the student of Air Force School at Redfields in the city was already getting a feel of the operation theatre, the instruments and even advanced technology used in spine surgery.

Mr. Sidharth was among scores of school students who listened to spine surgeon Sakthi Kanal's explanation of a complicated surgery at a model operation theatre put up at Ganga Hospital here as part of the three-day Medi Science and Health Exhibition. The expo, to be held till Sunday, was inaugurated by City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu. Chairman and Managing Director of the hospital J.G. Shanmughanathan, Head of Plastic, Hand and Microsurgery S. Rajasabapathy and Head of Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery S. Rajasekaran were present.

The students wore masks and other protective gear and got a close look at surgical instruments.

The surgeon told them how each instrument was used and for what purpose. “I want to become a doctor. Therefore, I find this exhibition very informative,” said Mr. Sidharth.

The exhibition was organised by Ganga Hospital to provide an insight in medical science – from basic treatment to sophisticated technology used in surgery. A pavilion titled “Menarche to Menopause” was shaped like a bus in order to explain various phases in the journey of a woman from the first stage to the last.

“Plus-One and Plus-Two syllabi have chapters on child birth. That is why we have animation versions of delivery. We also explain the health problems experienced by adolescent girls, doctors P. Narmada and S. Mahima said.

Students got to peer through an advanced microscope to see a microsurgery demonstration on re-joining severed blood vessels. Paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, neurology, microsurgery, spine surgery, hip joint and total knee replacement and also trauma care were among the many fields of medical science that were explained to the students. One pavilion sought to educate students on career prospects in nursing.

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