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Apollo Hospitals to set up minimally invasive robotic institute

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Lauding robotic surgeons for ensuring better outcomes among cancer patients in India, Apollo founder and Chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy has announced setting 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 hospitals.

“Every life is priceless. We must endeavour to protect every life,” Dr Reddy said during the two-day Robotic Surgeons Conference that concluded in Chennai on April 9.

He stressed on the need for early detection of cancer. This, he said, was possible by making available healthcare facilities for all sections of society.

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.

Practicing robotic surgeons from a wide range of specialisation fields such as urology, gynaecology, thoracic, gastro-intestinal, head and 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.

“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,” said Dr Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation, that is committed to skilling super specialist surgeons into competent robotic surgeons.

Surgeons participating 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, they opined.

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.

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