Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals has introduced the first Robotic Surgery System in Kolkata. Surgical robots are gradually making inroads into the Indian operation theatre. It is a new and exciting emerging technology that is taking the surgical profession by storm. It is an established practice abroad which is now slowly gaining momentum in our country. Robot-assisted surgery has proven to have various advantages over the conventional methods of surgery. The process has greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access for the surgeon.
A press conference was organized in Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in honor of the visit of the world renowned Dr. Mani Menon, a pioneer in robotic surgery. He along with his team of doctors is visiting the city as part of the six city road show, organized by Vattikuti Foundation of USA. The objective of this visit is to generate awareness about the need and scope of robotic procedures in India & to highlight the importance of diagnosis of early malignant prostate cancer.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, said, "Apollo hospitals have always introduced new technologies and clinical services to offer world class healthcare to our people. We are happy to introduce the first Robotic Surgery System in eastern India. ". She also added, "Our association with Vattikuti Foundation is a milestone for Apollo Gleneagles and we are committed to work together with Dr Mani Menon and team with their expertise in the area of robotic surgery. Our team of surgeons across various specialties have an opportunity to expand their expertise through this association."
Dr. Mani Menon, Director of Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA talked about how surgery as a discipline has evolved over the last numerous years, highlighting the importance of innovation in surgery. Talking about the marvel called 'surgical robots', he said, "It was one of the best tools for a surgeon. There is no peering over the patient, no fear of trembling of hands, or worries over accuracy." He further added that, "The benefits for the patients include a shorter hospital stay, lesser pain, lesser risk of infection and lesser blood loss in addition to fewer transfusions, lesser scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. The biggest USP of this method of surgery is effortless maneuvering and brilliant visualization. Surgical robots hold significant promise and have already proven to be of great value, particularly in areas inaccessible to conventional laparoscopic procedures."