A hernia camp was undertaken in July 2017 at the Bishop Walsh Memorial Hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.  This was the first venture by Operation Hernia to this hospital, the camp starting on 15 July and running for four days.   Approximately 20 patients were initially registered for the hernia camp and eight patients were selected for hernia surgery.

All patients were assessed for a day case procedure using local anaesthesia. Only those patients with simple uncomplicated inguinal herniae and who had no major co-morbidities were deemed suitable.  Those with cardiac or other significant issues had to be excluded.  The camp was fully supported by the Bishop Walsh Hospital and patients from two states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, attended for this specific camp.

The hospital organised the admissions, pre-operative checks with basic blood tests, as well as an overnight stay  if required.  The operations were performed over a period of two days with six patients on the first day and the final two on the second day.  The Consultant Surgeon, Mr Rajesh Thengungal Kochupapy (TK), was ably assisted by Samuel Rajesh, who is a medical student from St Bartholomew’s Medical School in London, and Sharon Rajesh a medical student from Bristol.  Also helping were Dr Vanie Rajesh who is an Associate Specialist from Wales who provided anaesthetic support and Dr Praveen Paul, who has completed his medical studies and is now preparing for his surgical rotation, together with a number of medical professionals from the hospital.

TK operating on a hernia patient whilst his wife,Dr Vanie Rajesh,  monitors the patient

We used polypropylene mesh which we obtained from our hospital and all operations were successful.  As per the hospital policy, the patients had five days of antibiotics and had follow-up appointments a week later.  At that time the patients were reviewed there were no complications or infections.  All patients were discharged back to their respective doctors.

The help received from the hospital’s Chief Executive, secretaries and medical staff was invaluable and the hospital staff are looking forwarding to running the camp again next year.


Mr Rajesh Thengungal Kochupapy,

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth