Robotic applications to assist future surgeries

Mandi: India, a country saddled with more poor patients and not enough budget allocated for quality healthcare, would find it difficult to extend minimum invasive surgical procedures to all but going by trends of patients taking to less invasive procedures, surgeons at a Continue Medical Education (CME) session here on ‘cardiac & minimally invasive surgery said that the future was pregnant with much scope for robotic applications in surgical procedures.

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As many as 60 doctors from region attended the CME session held at Hotel Rajmahal, Mandi last night that was conducted by Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), Mohali in association with Indian Medical Association (IMA) Mandi.

On the occasion, Dr. Deepak Puri, Director-Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, MSSH spoke on minimally invasive approaches in cardiac surgery and Dr. KS Dhillon, Sr. Consultant, General Surgery, MSSH spoke on ‘advancements in laparoscopic surgery-scar less, stitch less’.

Dr. KS Dhillon (left)
Dr. KS Dhillon (left)

Dr. Puri said that cardiac diseases have emerged as the leading cause of death nowadays. The incidence were rising among Indians unlike the western population where aggressive preventive measures have reduced mortality .With rapid improvement in techniques, cardiac surgery could be safely done in a child after birth or an elderly with very low risk. Nowadays there was more demand for less invasive procedures with no cuts or a small a cut as possible so that the scar was cosmetic with fast recovery.”

He said further , minimally invasive approaches have made surgery less painful, more cosmetic and shortened the hospital stay and early recovery. Endoscopic surgical techniques have undergone further improvement and evolved to Robotic assisted cardiac surgery . Various techniques have been redesigned to meet this challenge by surgeons in the last decade. Coronary artery bypass has remained the time tested and most frequently performed surgical procedure throughout the world for over four decades.

“Although trials have always suggested that bypass surgery was safer besides offering better long term results especially in multiple blockages .Off pump revascularization has become very popular in India which could avoid the complications and adverse effects of cardiopulmonary bypass.”

13Dr Dhillon said that in country like India where very little budget was allotted for healthcare and even less funds of trainings, it would be difficult to make less invasive procedures available to all the patients. Yet with recent trends for adopting less invasive procedures , there was lot of hope that robotic applications would gain tremendous popularity in near future.

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