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India’s first robotic kidney cancer surgery conducted at Saifee Hospital

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Less than a month after earning the distinction of becoming the first hospital in Western India to perform a robotically-assisted triple bypass surgery on a 67-year-old patient, Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital has added another feather to its cap by conducting a robotic kidney cancer surgery on a patient who had previously undergone a kidney transplant.

The 40-minute surgery was performed by Dr Anup Ramani, Uro-Oncological Robotic Surgeon, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saifee Hospital and Dr Hemal Shah, Head of Department of Nephrology and Consultant at Saifee Hospital on a 34-year-old kidney transplant patient.

The robotic surgery ensured minimum blood loss, minimum pain and minimum hospital stay (three days), which were the factors played a role in preventing infection, in this immunocompromised patient, the hospital said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Over five years ago, the patient had undergone a kidney transplant surgery. In early June this year, after the patient reported an abdominal pain, a CT scan was advised by the doctor. The reports revealed a cancerous tumour in the patient’s failed kidneys,” said Dr Shah.

In order to treat this condition, the doctors needed to ensure a complete removal of the cancer with minimum chances of infection. Due to its well-equipped infrastructure, the Saifee Hospital was able to perform the surgery “in a precise, efficient and affordable manner”, Dr Shah added.

Over the last 10 years, robotic surgery has grown to become the pinnacle of precision for surgical treatments related to kidney cancer or prostate cancer across the world. Open surgery has phased out because robotic surgery significantly reduces blood loss, pain and invasiveness as compared to open surgery. This ensures faster recovery and better long term results.

“Since, the patient had a rare uro-oncological condition, in which the transplanted kidney was in close proximity to the cancerous kidney, the robotically assisted surgery allowed me to remove the cancerous kidney with as much precision. There was no blood loss and the patient was discharged within three days of surgery,” Dr Ramani said.

Dr Sushil Chauhan, anaesthetist at Saifee Hospital, was also a part of the surgery.

 

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