3 May, 2012 14:23


From DNA, 10 months ago …..
And last month Asian Hospitals completed 50 Robotic Surgeries.

Medical revolution: At Mumbai’s Asian Heart Hospital, robots to help with surgeries

Published: Thursday, Jul 7, 2011, 8:00 IST By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Mumbai’s first robotic facility for surgery was inaugurated at Asian Heart Institute in Bandra-Kurla Complex on Wednesday. On the occasion the hospital authorities launched a separate centre on the hospital premises dedicated to robot-assisted surgeries which will be called Asian Vattikuti centre for robotic surgeries.

This robotic facility will be used in both cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries. Officials from the hospital said that the robot will be used in valve replacement and bypass procedures. The hospital will also use the robot surgery facility in urology, gastrointestinal and gynaecology surgeries. The latest in robotic surgery – the da Vinci robotic surgical system with simulator capabilities robot costs around Rs15 crore.

“On Wednesday, Dr Ramakanta Panda, the prime minister’s surgeon, demonstrated the country’s most advanced robot for minimally invasive surgery. We have a tie-up with Vattikuti Foundation, which is a philanthropic organisation based in Michigan, US. We also trained robotic surgeons for cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries. Dr Panda will be involved with cardiac robotic surgeries,” said Dr Vijay D’Silva, medical director, Asian Heart Institute.

“The actual robotic assisted surgery will start after July 15. The Vattikuti Urology Institute is considered a pioneering institute in what has been called a “medical revolution.”

On the benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery, D’Silva said, “Over 5,000 robot-assisted surgeries later, it has been proven that there is lesser trauma and pain, shorter hospital stays, and minor scarring for the patient.”

According to experts, there are only eight or nine trained robotic surgeons in the country and in Mumbai, Dr Jaydeep Palep, an Italy-trained surgeon, is only familiar with the technique. Dr Palep, who has done robotic surgeries in Hyderabad and Pune, has joined the Asian Heart Institute for non-cardiac surgeries.

The AHI had sent Dr Pranav Kandachar, Dr PradyothKumar Rath, Dr Panda and Dr Manoranjan Mishra for a week’s training in France. “Our next batch of doctors will soon go to France soon for training,” said Dr Panda.

Senior laparoscopic surgeon Dr MM Begani of Bombay hospital, said, “Robotic surgery will be more beneficial in complex surgeries that cannot be done using traditional procedures like laparoscopic. Robotic surgery will be useful for removal of prostate, cardio-thoracic surgery and in gynaecology for minimal invasive surgery.”

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