Educational Visit and Surgical Mission to Yangon and Mandalay, 2016

Dominique Kuhlen, spinal neurosurgeon from EOC Lugano, as well as Christa Schwarz and Philippe Schucht from the university hospital in Bern, visited the university hospitals of Yangon and Mandalay for lectures on brain tumor and trauma surgery, followed by training surgeries for brain tumors, AVMs and trauma.

In addition, the surgical team took care of children and young adults who suffered from Meningoceles, a cerebral malformation common in rural areas of South-East Asia. These patients had been brought to our attention by monasteries in the remote areas of the Rhakine State and Shan State. Micro-neurosurgical repair of the Meningoceles was performed by the SNI surgical team. Thanks to its sponsors, SNI was able to cover all costs of transport of patients (and their mother), surgery and postoperative treatment.