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ISIC becomes the first in India to perform spine robotics surgery

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Indian Spinal Injuries Centre

The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi has claimed to be the first hospital outside the US to have recently performed surgeries with the help of an advanced robotic system.

Considered to be a first of its kind in India, the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) at Vasant Kunj has introduced robotics as an advancement in spine surgery, a specialised approach to a complex procedure that allows planning a surgery and facilitates highly accurate and predictable execution of the plan. It helps in inserting implants in the spine.

Adding to the numbers, the hospital has already performed more than 5 successful precision surgeries using the recently acquired advanced Spine Robotics System.

The team of spine surgeons who recently performed a spine robotics surgery was led by Dr. H.S Chhabra, the chief of spine services at ISIC.

On achieving this milestone, Dr. Chhabra said, “Surgeries conducted through advanced robotics reduce implant inaccuracies, revision surgeries, radiation exposure, length of stay and infection. Such high improvements in so many parameters simultaneously can drive significant clinical efficiency and reduce the burden on healthcare system in the medium to long run. This will help the doctors of ISIC serve the patients better and in a cost-effective manner.”

A 50-year-old man, who was unable to walk more than 100 metres, was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a spinal disorder in which a bone slips forward over another bone below. He was also recently operated upon with minimal incision (minimally invasive spine surgery) and bleeding. He started walking upto three kilometres within three days of surgery.

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The latest robotic system reduces implant inaccuracies, revision surgeries, radiation exposure, length of stay and infection, and combines advanced software, robotic technology, navigation and instrumentation along with artificial intelligence and sophisticated 3D analytics.

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