THE HUNGARIAN NONPROFIT GROUP INTERPLAST HUNGARY WAS FOUNDED IN BUDAPEST IN 2011 BY 16 PLASTIC SURGEONS WITH SUPPORT OF THE HUNGARIAN ASSOCIATION OF PLASTIC, RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGEONS. (LONGER COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR HUNGARIAN AND GERMAN COLLEAGUES DR. LEMPERLE, DR. SZEMEREY, DR. BORSCHE AND DR. PATAKI MADE IT POSSIBLE TO ESTABLISH A SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATION.)
SHORTLY AFTER ITS START, INTERPLAST HUNGARY MADE TWO SUCCESSFUL JOINT MISSIONS WITH INTERPLAST GERMANY AND NETHERLAND CARRYING OUT MORE THAN 200 OPERATIONS.
INTERPLAST HUNGARY IS A GROUP OF HIGHLY DEDICATED PLASTIC SURGEONS FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED AND ENDORSED BY THE ACTION FOR DEFENCELESS PEOPLE FOUNDATION, THUS KEPT ALIVE BY MICRODONATIONS. OUR ORGANIZATION PROVIDES FREE PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.
Over 500 successful operations in volunteering camps in developing countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nigeria) are our main achievements.
The Foundation consists of volunteer medical personnel (plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, anesthetic nurses, and other specialists), who work for free, usually during their annual vacation. Travel expenses, medical supplies, and instruments are funded by donations raised in Hungary from microdonations of generous individuals, and hopefully in the future from the industry.
Interplast Hungary has no financial, political, racial, or religious interest.
Our teams provide reconstructive operations that transform the lives of women, men and especially children with physical disabilities and thereby improve the future of the whole family as well.
What does physical disability mean?
The organization’s purpose is to provide help in the field of plastic surgery offering surgical operations for people with birth defects, malformations, and acquired loss of body-form and function in developing countries.
Burns contractures, extensive burn scars (postburn, mature scars) on head and body, various function-limiting hand and limb problems that can be treated with reconstructive surgery (hand malformations, e.g. syndactyly), reconstruction of scars after traumas, or after primer operation of congenital deformities like cleft lip functional deficits or disfigurational disabilities due to accidents, injury (acid attacks) or wound consequences of war, and other diseases (e.g. defect after infection – polio, leprosy, noma etc.) which require the skills of plastic surgery, tumours – or facial malformations located on head and skin. Both children and adults can be considered for surgery. Since 2015, high-tech solutions such as microstructural fat grafting into scars and insertion of special tissue expanders have been also applied.
In order to collect the local patients in need of surgery, we advise using the media and other forms of notifications, announcements that inform potential patients or their families, neighbors.
What we don’t do: acute burns treatment, and currently no primary cleft lip and palate operation is done by us, but we operate on secondary cleft lip and other facial cleft cases.
Besides our busy operation plans at the missions we don’t forget to educate the local staff at the hospitals. Interplast Hungary’s plastic surgeons and anaesthesiologists have educated many residents in Surgery and Plastic Surgery in Bangladesh and Nigeria.
If you, your town, your hospital, or a charitable organization you know is thinking about hosting a camp, here are some important points to consider:
- Advance notice for the team should be given several months before the intended date.
- Duration of the camp is usually 2 weeks, i.e. 10 operating days. Depending on the severity of cases, more than 50 well-selected patients can be operated on during that time.
- The size of the team varies depending on the number of operating tables, anesthetic facilities and local staff available. Pilot missions consist of one or two doctors with one Operating Room nurse. After the first exploring mission, a team usually consists of 6-10 people, 2-4 surgeons, 2 anesthetists, 1-2 OR-nurse, and 1 anesthetic nurse, thus being able to run 2 operating tables (smaller or larger teams possible on request).
- Local staff, i.e. doctors, nurses, interested volunteers are essential for the smooth running of the camp.
- Patient pre-selection should be done by local doctors during the months before the camp. If possible, they should inform the team about the type of surgery and special cases beforehand to allow appropriate planning of instruments and supplies for the camp. Informing is through emails with detailed, anonymous photos. (The treatments are primarily aimed at patients with the described problems above.)
- The first day consists of screening and selecting the patients for the operating lists, unpacking the equipment and setting up the operating room(s).
- Long working hours have to be anticipated by all involved to make an effective camp. Apart from operating, ward rounds and change of dressing sessions take place every day.
- The hospital should offer (if possible): two operating tables, anesthetic machines, recovery room, enough beds (in tents, if necessary) electricity supply, water, normal saline for infusion, sheets, gowns, oxygen, some dressing material, plaster of paris, necessary medicine (antibiotics).
- The Interplast Team will provide: special instruments and medical equipment, suture material, special drugs, dressings, and Hungarian enthusiasm with discipline.
- You are kindly requested to provide: basic, clean accommodation, food and transport for the team. Local Government / Ministry of Health permission for the camp; assistance with customs, assistance of excess baggage.
Many years of experience and many hundred grateful patients are proof of the success of our activities. Please become part of it.
CURRENT PRESIDENT OF INTERPLAST HUNGARY: DR. VANCSÓ
VICE-PRESIDENT: DR. PATAKI
For further information, please contact: Dr. Vancsó and Dr. Pataki
Tel: + 36 20 512 91 92