Mumbaikars may soon be able to take benefits of advanced treatment of robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery at all civic-run hospitals. The deans of all major civic-run hospitals are likely to hold a joined study to take a collective decision on it.

Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator who was also a part of Public Health Committee has made the suggestion to introduce robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery in all BMC hospitals for the benefit of poor patients who can’t afford it at private hospitals. Currently, only the biggest government-run hospital- JJ Hospital has the facility.

“It would benefit thousands of patients if the procedure get started in all hospitals. Through robotic surgery, doctors can perform several types of complicated surgeries which is more precise and flexible. It provides more control than the conventional process,” said Dr Khan. Following the suggestion, official from major hospitals to hold a study to consider the proposal.

“It is a good proposal and we are trying to consider it as it would be beneficial for hundreds of patients. We have to discuss with other officials to decide but it might take a year as it would be time consuming procedure,” said Dr Avinash Supe, director of major hospitals.

 Deans are waiting to get the instructions from BMC. Also, getting the advanced technology in all hospitals would be expensive so the officials would also have to decide on the budget.  Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Dean, BYL Nair Hospital, said, “Getting machines for robotic surgery is an expensive procedure. So, once we get final nod from the headquarter we would start with the procedure.”

Currently, only JJ hospital is only one who has the technology. Last year, a robot was bought from abroad. It has several benefits over conversational technology like it is less painful, provides faster recover, reduces risk of infection. But most importantly, it is done through smaller incisions which helps in reducing blood loss and minimal scarring. – Free Press Journal 

 


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