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Maharashtra: First ever robotic surgery unit launched in Aurangabad

The 'Versius Surgical Robotic System' will be used to perform complex cancer surgeries, including prostate, cancer, kidney, thyroid, uterine sac removal and major gynecological surgery, said Dr. Unmesh Takalkar, chairman and managing director CIIGMA.

Maharashtra: First ever robotic surgery unit launched in Aurangabad
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The CIIGMA group has launched its first ever robotic surgery unit at Sigma Hospital in Marathwada.

The first surgery will take place on June 26-27. With this, patients from Marathwada will not have to travel to other cities like Mumbai or Pune.

The 'Versius Surgical Robotic System' will be used to perform complex cancer surgeries, including prostate, cancer, kidney, thyroid, uterine sac removal and major gynecological surgery, said Dr. Unmesh Takalkar, chairman and managing director CIIGMA hospital.

Renowned cancer surgeon from Pune, Dr. Shailesh Punatambekar has joined Sigma's team for robotic surgery. The first surgeries will be under his guidance.

Dr. Takalkar said that the unit has been set up at a cost of around INR 7 crores. In this, least numbers of doctors will be needed as the robot will perform the surgery only under the control of a doctor.

This allows to deliver procedures traditionally performed via open surgery through a minimal access technique. The Versius system has a small form factor, versatility, and portability, and is designed to support surgeons to deliver the benefits of minimal access surgery to patients around the world, Takalkar said.

The form factor and modular design includes individually cart-mounted arms, allowing it to move between operating rooms and even hospital, giving the surgical team access to patients at all times. The system also includes 3D HD vision, easy-to-adopt instrument control and a choice of ergonomic working positions, aimed to reduce stress and fatigue to help extend the careers of surgeons

Although the cost of such surgeries is high, we try not to impose a heavy burden on patients, added Takalkar.

Sigma's CEO medical Dr. Ajay Rote said, “Robotic surgery can be accurate. Especially in cancer surgery, it is possible to reach a specific part of the body through a small incision. This will reduce the pain to the patient. Blood loss will also decrease.”

Robotic surgery benefits:

-Shorter hospitalization

-Reduced pain and discomfort

-Faster recovery time and return to normal activities

-Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection

-Reduced blood loss and transfusions

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