Long Distance Surgery: In A Medical Tech Marvel, Doctors Remove Tumor Remotely Via Tele-Surgery In 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Long Distance Surgery: In A Medical Tech Marvel, Doctors Remove Tumor Remotely Via Tele-Surgery In 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Doctors from RGCIRC Rohini operated on a patient with bladder cancer using an indigenous robot, Mantra, making this case a first in the country.

Amisha ShirgaveUpdated: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 05:44 PM IST
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New Delhi: In one of its firsts, Doctors from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre performed a remote surgery on 54 year old patient who was suffering from Bladder Cancer. They successfully removed a tumor with the help of a indigenous robot named 'Mantra', an Indian robot. The surgery took place from SSI Office Udyog Vihar while the patient was at Rohini OT which is 40 kilometers away. This is a breakthrough in Medical Technology and has paved a way for remote surgeries that can help save numerous lives.

"Performing this surgery remotely from SSI Office, Udyog Vihar, Gurugram while the patient was at RGCIRC demonstrated the immense potential of telesurgery", said said Dr. Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director of RGCIRC and Chief of Genital Urinary Oncology.

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"We achieved flawless results, underscoring the safety and precision of this advanced technology. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to innovative cancer care", he added.

Dr. Sudhir, who was also a surgeon involved in this operation mentioned that the procedure took less time than it normally would have taken if he was physically present in the OT.

“The surgery, which traditionally took up to three hours in open surgery, was flawlessly completed in just one hour and forty-five minutes, showcasing the efficiency, reliability and safety of telesurgery", said Dr. Rawal. "We achieved flawless results, underscoring the safety and precision of this advanced technology. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to innovative cancer care", he added.

While explaining how this remote surgery can be a revolution in Indian medical scenario he said that this technology has the potential to completely transform healthcare since it can perform complex surgeries on patients who live in Tier 3 or Tier 4 cities, which are severely lacking in qualified physicians and surgeons.

However, Dr. Rawal also mentioned that it crucial to have fibre optic network for this telesurgery technology to function without any delays or mishaps.

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