Tamil Nadu’s first robotic knee replacement surgery performed at SIMS hospital

Chennai: Doctorsat SIMS Hospital this week performed two back-to-back successful Robotic totalknee replacement surgeries, for the first time in Tamil Nadu on 65 years oldpatients, both with severe knee pain since over 5 years. These surgeries weredone using the NAVIO PFS Robotic surgical system, the latest advancedgeneration Robotic intervention in joint replacement (developed in the USA) andto the delight of the families, enabled these patients to walk withoutsignificant pain within 4 hours of the surgery itself.

Thesurgery was performed successfully by the team lead by Dr. Vijay C. Bose, JointDirector & Senior Consultant, Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital, Dr.Pichai Suryanarayanan, Sr.V.P, Medical, Joint Director & Senior Consultant,and Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital. Dr. Ashok Kumar P.S., SeniorConsultant, Department of Advanced Joint Replacement Surgery at SIMS Hospital.Padma Shri Kapil Dev, Captain of World Cup Winning Team, presided over theoccasion of formal launch as Chief Guest. Veteran Film Actor Mrs. JyotikaSuriya graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.

“Roboticjoint replacement surgery has many definitive benefits over traditional jointreplacement surgery: one being, a bone-conserving technology as it helps inpreserving natural anatomy. It enables the surgeon to operate with enhancedprecision even during the most complex procedures and difficult cases. Enhancedprecision and lesser bone removal lead to less blood loss, painless, faster andbetter post-operative outcomes for the patient. Robotic-assisted jointreplacement is at a much higher level with regards to many parameters thantraditional joint replacement surgery,” said,  Dr. Vijay C. Bose, Joint Director &Senior Consultant, Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital.

“TheNAVIO Robotic system reduces the possibilities of human error and ensuresperfect alignment, leading to the longevity of the joint implant. Though thisis a very high-end technology in our hospital, we have chosen to not make itexpensive – so that more patients will be able to benefit from this,”confirmed Dr. Ashok Kumar P.S., Senior Consultant, Department of Advanced JointReplacement Surgery at SIMS Hospital.

Thetwo patients and their families are extremely happy with the outcomes from suchworld-class cutting-edge technology, available to them in Tamil Nadu itself.They were both discharged to get back home within 2-3 days of the jointreplacement surgery and are now undergoing physical rehabilitation to return toan active lifestyle soon.Dr. Bose added, “SIMS Hospital has always been atthe helm of technology it is a centre of excellence in Orthopedics for patientsfrom all across the world. Patient safety and outcomes have always been our toppriority and we believe technology helps us in achieving that goal, besides avery warm and friendly team that works with care and commitment round the clocktowards all our patients, like they are our family. With Robotic jointreplacement, we are driving this differentiated edge ahead and ensuring that weare at par with the world after the US and we are the only second country inthe world to adopt it successfully after US!”

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