World’s First ‘Robotic Telestenting’ Surgery Conducted in India



In the past few decades, medical science has advanced in the world of robotics saving millions of lives and conducting some breakthrough surgeries that were once considered impossible.

In the past few decades, medical science has advanced in the world of robotics saving millions of lives and conducting some breakthrough surgeries that were once considered impossible. A few hours, news surfaced about a doctor from Gujarat who performed a first in the world Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI ) surgery sitting at a distance of 32 km.

Dr. Tejas Patel is a cardiac surgeon from Gandhinagar in Gujarat who performed a surgery on a cardiac patient sitting 32 km away from the location of the surgery with the help of robotics, a fellow cardiologist and an assistant. Dr, Patel being the Chief Interventional Cardiologist at Apex Heart Institute (Ahmedabad) guided the robot to perform the surgery on the patient using robotically controlled instruments.

The patient is a middle-aged woman in her 50s who has been suffering from 90% blockage in her arteries and needed a surgery.  Dr. Patel supervised the ‘telestenting’ which is a 20 minute procedure and is performed for the first time in the world using telecommunication and robotics.

Dr. Patel and his team spent barely 5-10 minutes to clear the arteries of the patient before inserting the stent. The team has assured that the surgery has been successful and the patient is now healthy and in the recovery stage. She will be discharged thereafter.

"This procedure could have been done with a 20mbps connectivity speed as well. I believe this will not just transform coronary (heart-related) intervention, but the entire vascular space. It has the capability of changing the lives of millions of people living in rural areas," the doctor said.

“With this technology, we began with 32 km away but soon we can treat patients that are 300 or 3000km away. This technology will cover remote areas and cut down on time spent in a hospital,” says Dr. Patel.

 

Robotic Surgery is much more accurate than manual surgery because of its precision. The precision of a human hand is 10mm whereas a robotic hand has a precision of 1mm that ensures minimum organ damage.

Robotic surgeries are the future of the operation theatres.

HealthFolks salutes Dr. Patel on his groundbreaking success of robotic surgery.  

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