First robotic bypass surgery in Western India performed at Saifee Hospital
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First robotic bypass surgery in Western India performed at Saifee Hospital

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Mumbai-based Saifee Hospital has earned the distinction of becoming the first hospital in Western India to have performed a robotically-assisted triple bypass surgery on a 67-year-old patient.

The surgery, which lasted for around eight hours, was performed by Dr Aliasgar Behrenwala, Head of Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Saifee Hospital. He was assisted by Dr Imran Hamzawala, Consultant-Laparoscopic and Robotic Gynecology Surgeon at the multispecialty hospital.

Speaking on the advantages of robotic surgery over conventional surgeries, Dr Aliasgar said that surgeries performed with the help of a robot enables a skilled surgeon to provide patients with superior minimally invasive surgical options.

“A surgery of this stature that uses robotically-assisted instruments requires special training for the surgeons and the robotic staff involved. Also the infrastructure needed to carry out this procedure which includes a dedicated robotic theatre is readily provided at Saifee Hospital,” he added.

The Mumbai-based hospital, which was recently in news for successfully performing a trans-catheter implant on a 78-year-old patient using the world’s smallest leadless pacemaker, used the da Vinci Si Surgical System to conduct the bypass surgery.

“Given the amount of man hours put in, robotic surgeons feel at ease using the daVinci Si system at Saifee Hospital. A big advantage of such a surgery is that the incisions that are made are tiny, and therefore recovery from surgery is extremely quick with significantly reduced blood loss and post operative pain. Rapid recovery from cardiac surgery is not only better for the patient, but it is less expensive for society,” Dr Aliasgar said.

A team consisting of eight doctors and nurses helped the HoD of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Saifee Hospital to successfully perform the unique surgery.

“It’s clearly evident that the healthcare sector in India is evolving at a rapid pace and the response for such robotic surgeries in India is very positive,” said Dr Hamzawala.

The 250 plus bedded Saifee hospital is already a well-recognised centre for minimal invasive surgery (key-hole surgery) and given the amount and variety of complex robotically assisted surgeries being carried out, it is fast becoming a centre of advanced robotic surgery in Mumbai.

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