19 Robot assisted Surgeries performed successfully at Asian Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery
Mumbai's first centre offering robot assisted surgery, the institute has so far performed 18 robot assisted surgeries.
The da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical system with simulator at the Institute is the latest, third generation robot & is the only one of its kind in the country. Robot assisted surgery is an advancement over Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) with advantages such as less pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and greater precision.
According to Dr. Vijay D’Silva, Medical Director, Asian Heart Institute added, “We will be using robotic assistance for cardiac and non cardiac cases. Right now we have started with urological procedures and our team of experienced & senior urologists, among the best in the city have been trained specially on the use of this technique. We will introduce robotic surgery in other specialities such as gynecology, cancer, abdominal surgery and cardiac surgery in stages. ”
Dr. V Srinivas is an experienced Uro-oncosurgeon & a part of the team that performed robot assisted prostatectomies (surgical removal of prostate gland) at the Institute. Dr. Srinivas has over 30 years of experience and has performed more than 1,000 radical urological cancer surgeries. Speaking on this technique he said, “Though we have practiced traditional open urologic surgeries for three decades, Robotic surgery has its distinct advantages and is going to be the future. I am glad that Asian Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery has initiated robot assisted surgery in our city. It is good that people are accepting the new technology. As robotic surgery becomes more popular more and more patients are bound to benefit from it.” He also added “.The size of prostate is a concern many time while doing prostatectomy. We have done cases with prostate size from 20 gm to 100 gm. The blood loss was also minimal in all cases. The patients were discharged in 3 days. No patient was given blood transfusion”
Dr. Jagdeesh Kulkarni, well-known Uro-oncosurgeon, who also has experience in Radical prostatectomies and cystectomies for more than three decades, added, “Right now we have started with cases of Prostatectomy (surgical removal of prostate gland) and
Nephrectomy (surgical removal of kidney). We are geared up for all kind of cases and already have patients waiting to undergo robotic surgery. The important benefit of the technique is it is surgeon friendly technique. The surgeon is available in the room at the same time & is in a comfortable sitting position, so naturally he can do the job with great accuracy and precision. The Prostate specimen is taken out through one of the port (instrument site) which avoids adding one more scar on the belly. The patient is allowed to walk on the next day and allowed food in one-two days”
Dr. Mangesh Patil, Consultant Urologist added “Robot is just a tool to conduct the surgery. The actual surgery is still done by the surgeon with the help of the robotic arms. A team of experts from Asian Heart Institute underwent specialized training at France and Belgium to perform robotic procedures.”
Prostatectomy, Nephrectomy and Hysterectomy (surgical removal of uterus) are the most commonly performed procedures using robot assisted surgery.
Another good news for patients waiting to undergo robot assisted surgery is that Dr. Mani Menon, the pioneer of Robotic Surgery and one of the foremost urologist in USA would be at the Asian Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery from the 27th-29th Nov’11. During this time he would be consulting patients and holding an educational session for the Doctors and performing live demonstration of Robotic surgeries.
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Page Updated Last on: Nov 21, 2011