In the developing world, pediatric surgical caregivers are in short supply and advanced surgical techniques to correct relatively common (1 in 5000 births) pediatric congenital colorectal anomalies are often lacking. Many of these patients are unable to come to the hospitals that specialize in remedying these issues. And so, CTO was formed to reach out and bring this education and training to the medical doctors, surgeons and nurses all over the world so they can care for the patients in their areas who are in desperate need of this specialized care. When the local surgeons and hospital staff are able to provide similar care for their region, we have achieved our goals.
We accomplish this by sending a surgical team that performs 5-10 operations per day on local patients over the course of one week. The focus is on performing the types of cases that come up frequently to help the local surgeons and nurses improve the quality of care they can offer this unique group of pediatric surgical patients.
CTO strives to both anatomically repair congenital malformations and also to achieve the best possible functional outcome to help each patient enjoy their best possible quality of life. This requires long-term care and close follow-up from the time of a patient’s first contact, through childhood, and in some cases into adulthood. The ability to help these developing countries with this type of educational plan is the only way, we believe, to achieve sustainability.
A video summary of our mission to Zagreb, Croatia, May, 2016:
June, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopa -
50 attendees from 8 countries focus on learning at our Colorectal Course.
June, 2017, 10pm - A scene from our
mission to St. Petersburg, Russia. The white
nights kept us going as we held clinic late
into the night.
September, 2015 - Two patients await pre-op evaluation by the surgical team during the clinic in San Jose, Costa Rica.
A fun trailer recapping our 2017 missions to St. Petersburg and Lima:
Patients and their families at
Hospital Nacional De Ninos in San Jose, Costa Rica, 2019.
Surgeons discussing a case during our mission in Da Nang, Vietnam, 2019.