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Apollo bats for robotic surgery to treat cancer

Posted on Jan 16, 07:18PM | IBNS

Apollo Hospitals, India's leading private hospital, has launched a unique OncoRobotic Surgery initiative.

Kick-starting the week-long initiative on World Cancer Day, Feb 4, it aims at creating awareness about the advantages of Robotic Surgery as a better treatment for various cancers as it is more precise, minimally invasive, heals faster and has the best clinical outcomes for treatment of these Cancers.

World renowned proctor Dr Krishnansu S. Tewari, Professor and Director of Research - The Gynaecologic Oncology Group from University of California will be at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata from Feb 3 to 6.

In addition to sharing knowledge with his Indian peers he will conduct workshops; he will also perform OncoRobotic surgeries along with the team of Apollo Gleneagles surgeons who have been extensively trained abroad on Robotic Surgery System on 25 patients.

The Robotic Surgery team would conduct Urologic, Gynaecologic, Colo-Rectal and Head and Neck surgeries during this period.

The introduction of robotic technology has revolutionized the surgical management of cancer.

Apart from the clear advantages like higher patient comfort and safety, it also helps in significantly reducing the patient's stay at the hospital thereby ensuring faster recovery.

The four armed surgical robotic system is a breakthrough in surgical capabilities especially in the areas of Uro-Oncology, Gynae-Oncology, Gastro-Oncology and Head and Neck - Oncology where precision matters most. Apollo hospitals have conducted over 200 robotic surgeries.

Speaking on the this initiative, Dr Rupali Basu, CEO , Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, said, "Known for the best and latest innovation in medicine, we at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals have undertaken this OncoRobotic initiative with the purpose of establishing Robotic Surgery as the unsurpassed and most definite method of treating cancer.

"We are confident that The Apollo Institute of Robotic Surgery has the potential to provide patients with clinical outcomes of global standards equal to or better than conventional surgery. This is made possible by Apollo's state-of-the-art infrastructure coupled with a team of highly experienced and able doctors."

Robotic surgical devices provide high definition vision with up to 10 times magnification in 3D, and an immersive view of the surgical field through a tiny incision of 2 cm.

Enhanced dexterity and greater accuracy make complex surgical maneuvers easier through smaller ports, while minimizing patient trauma in confined spaces of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.

This is the only system that allows surgeons to operate while seated, which may also be clinically advantageous.

Better ergonomics than traditional open and laparoscopic surgery and a design for natural hand-eye positioning, limiting the assistance required and reducing surgeon fatigue, improves surgical capabilities.

With a focus on product training, clinical training and clinical education for integrated teams, both surgeons as well as operation theatre staff will be equipped to meet surgical demand, while achieving clinical proficiency in the safest, most efficient manner possible.

Apollo Hospitals, in collaboration with the Vattikuti Foundation of Michigan, USA has established the Apollo Institute of Robotic Surgery which offers Robot Assisted Surgeries of world class standards at affordable prices.

State-of-the-art operating theatres in Apollo are equipped with the Da Vinci Si surgical system, the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery available today.