The department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences is closely associated with the Vydehi hospital in management of complex craniofacial diseases and deformities.
Equipped with the state-of-the-art armamentarium, the department trains both under graduates and post-graduates.
The treatment facilities in the department includes management of craniofacial trauma and fractures including reconstruction, surgical management of head and neck pathology including benign tumours and their post surgical reconstruction including microvascular reconstruction, temporomandibular joint surgery including ankylosis management, surgical correction of facial deformities & salivary gland pathology removal. In conjunction with the Dept of Orthodontics dentofacial deformity corrections are routinely undertaken using orthognathic surgical procedures and distraction osteogenesis.
In addition to these major surgical procedures, minor surgery including removal of impacted teeth, endodontic surgery, pre prosthetic surgery and biopsies are routinely undertaken.
The wide variety of clinical material forms an excellent platform for teaching of both undergraduates and Post graduates. The 3rd and 4th year BDS students are allotted faculty on a 1:1 ratio during their clinical training thus ensuring a dedicated interactive session with “Hands on” training. This helps improve their clinical acumen along with the theoretical knowledge. All interns posted to the department are trained in assisting in minor surgical procedures, accompanying the faculty to OTs and wards thus familiarising them with the different facets of the speciality.
MDS in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has commenced from the academic year 2011-2012 with three candidates. Their training includes regular chair-side discussions, case presentations, seminars, journal club presentations, tests and preclinical work including cadaver dissection. They are exposed to extensive surgical work in the department where over 100 cases are operated under general anaesthesia each year. In addition they residents are posted to the associated departments in the hospital including casualty, anaesthesia, oncosurgery, plastic surgery, ENT, neurosurgery and General surgery for exposure in these allied fields.
The practical training incorporates assisting the faculty in minor and major surgical procedures before being allowed to independently perform these procedures under guidance. The hall mark of training in this department is the focus on “Hands-on” training. The students are also encouraged to present posters and papers in National conferences and prepare case reports and research studies for publication in peer reviewed journals, thus, preparing them for their future academic and professional career.
The department has experienced staff who have been at the forefront in academic and professional fields with specialized training and research publications to their credit. The Head of the department is also a recognised PhD guide by RGUHS.