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Chennai hosts Robotic Surgeons conference

Published in Health Monday, 10 April 2017 14:09



Apollo founder Dr Prathap Reddy lauds robotic surgeons for superior outcomes among cancer patients

Eminent corporate healthcare pioneer Dr Prathap C Reddy lauded the role of robotic surgeons in ensuring better outcomes among cancer patients in India. The use of robotic technology has been resulting for a better quality of life for even those afflicted with cancer.

Dr Reddy said that Apollo Hospitals will set up a Minimally Invasive Robotic Institute by extending the pioneering work being done among cancer patients using the da Vinci Surgical Robot within the Apollo group beyond the current four large metros of Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata.

Referring to India as the world capital for debilitating conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart ailments, Dr Reddy exhorted Indian doctors to find technological solutions to bring relief to millions of afflicted people. “Every life is priceless. We must endeavour to protect every life," Dr Reddy said, urging Indian doctors who have made a mark for themselves with their exceptional skills, compassion and care.

Speaking to an audience of 150 experienced Robotic Surgeons who were attending the two-day Robotic Surgeons Conference that concluded in Chennai on late April 9, Dr Reddy repeatedly stressed the need for early detection of cancer. This he said was possible by making available healthcare facilities for all sections of society.
Practicing robotic surgeons from a wide range of specialisation fields such as Urology, Gynaecology, Thoracic, Gastro-intestinal, Head & Neck ailments, shared their results and findings based on their experience in Robotic Surgery and learning from international faculty and young surgeons who have invented new methods to handle complex surgeries.

Dr Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation, that is committed to skilling super specialist surgeons into competent robotic surgeons said, “It’s proven beyond doubt that computer assisted surgery using Surgical Robots is precise. It ensures quicker recovery and drastically reduces pain as opposed to a major open surgery with long and protracted period of recovery.”

Surgeons presenting at the bi-annual conference were unanimous in their opinion that Robotic Surgery scores over conventional surgery, as it minimises blood loss, dramatically reduces post-operative recovery time, and brings precision in executing the procedure, thus saving healthy tissue from damage. The quick healing and lower pain-levels translate to shorter hospital stays and faster return to a happier home environment.

Best video presentation awards were presented to Dr Ashwin Mallya, Vattikuti Fellow, Fortis Escorts Kidney and Urology Institute; Dr Ashwin Tamhankar, Vattikuti Fellow, Max Super Specialty Hospital and Dr Arun Prasad, Senior Consultant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. The Jury for the best video presentation included Dr Alessandro Volpe, Maggiore Della Carita Hospital, Novara, Italy and Dr Jagdeesh Kulkarni, Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai.

Twenty surgeons chosen through a competitive process were awarded Vattikuti scholarships by Dr Reddy to initiate them in their journey to become Robotic Surgeons:

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Aggarwal and Dr. Mahendra Kumar Sharma, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
Dr. Souvik Chatterjee and Dr. Kanishka Samanta, National Medical College, Kolkata
Dr. Hindustanwala Adnan Mustafa, Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai
Dr. Ruchir Aeron, Dr. Sunny Goel and Dr. Rohan Patel, King George Medical College, Lucknow
Dr. Ankur Bhatnagar, SMS Medical College, Jaipur
Dr. Rohit Juneja, SS Institute of Medical Science & Research Centre, New Delhi
Dr. Gotam Pipara, St John’s Hospital, Bengaluru
Dr. Siddharth Yadav, AIIMS, New Delhi
Dr. Sachin Ravindra Sarode and Dr. Umesh Ravikant Shelke, KEM Hospital, Mumbai
Dr. Indraneel Banerjee, Fortis Escort Kidney and Urology institute, New Delhi
Dr. Lalit Kumar, ESI Hospital, Bhiwani
Dr. Sakshi Agarwal
Dr. Georgy Joy Eralil
Dr. Sneha Jayaramaiah
Dr. Garima Chaudhry, SBAMI

These Vattikuti scholars got a much better appreciation of Robotic Surgery and its benefits as they touched and felt the da Vinci Surgical Robot and experienced the use of advanced technology from the world leaders in the field--Intuitive Surgical Inc., USA--that helps improve outcomes in cancer surgeries.

What is a Surgical Robot?

With four arms, the surgical robot can reach organs and areas where human fingers can’t. The three-dimensional high definition view that can be magnified multi-fold helps the surgeons achieve precision that prevents collateral damage to healthy tissue. Surgical Robots combine the best of science, engineering and medicine.
The single most important benefit to patients of robotic surgery is quick recovery. If the patient is back home on the third day post surgery, instead of say a ten-day recovery period that’s usual in conventional surgeries, a daily wage earner can get back to productive work much earlier, while the hospital can increase the efficiency of operations. There is little to no pain, as Robotic arms enter the body via tiny incisions, healing is quicker for the patient, scarring is minimal and savings on pain management are significant.

About Robotic Surgery

Surgical Robots combine the best of science, engineering and medicine. With four arms, a surgical robot can reach organs and areas where human fingers cannot. The 3-dimensional view, that can be magnified multi-fold, helps the surgeons achieve precision that prevents collateral damage to healthy tissue.
The single most important benefit of robotic surgery is quick recovery. If the patient is back home on third day, instead of say ten days’ recovery period of conventional surgery, a daily wage earner can get back to productive work much earlier, while the hospital can increase the efficiency of operations. There is little to no pain, as robotic arms enter the body via tiny incisions. Healing is quicker for the patient, and scarring is minimal and savings on pain management are significant.
In the past six years, multi-disciplinary Robotic Surgery has established its value in India with documented superior patient outcomes and efficacy. The Vattikuti Foundation has helped expand Robotic Surgery to nearly 50 hospitals in a dozen Indian cities, while the number of trained robotic surgeons has grown to over 275.
About the Vattikuti Foundation

The Vattikuti Foundation has helped expand Robotic Surgery to nearly 50 hospitals in 16 Indian cities, in just six years, while the number of trained robotic surgeons has grown to over 275.

Vattikuti Foundation began promoting Robotic Surgery in the US in 1997 and has since played a stellar role in spreading it across the USA, Europe and India. Under the Vattikuti Foundation program, surgeons working at the Vattikuti Urology Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit developed procedures for Prostate Cancer surgery which has become the Gold standard--Robotic Prostatectomy--in the US. Since then the Foundation has been working with surgeons around the world to pioneer various Robotic procedures including one for kidney transplant, developed co-operatively by Indian surgeons from Hospitals in Delhi and Ahmedabad. Indian surgeons have been adapting to this new age tool with great enthusiasm and skill.

In 2016, Vattikuti Foundation committed to offering 100 paid fellowships to super specialist surgeons, over the next 5 years, to become Robotic surgeons. Ten
For more details, visit: vfrsi.vattikutifoundation.com

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