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Updated: December 19, 2011 15:35 IST

Navigation surgery improves safety of patient: expert

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G.V. Rao. Photo: Special Arangment
The Hindu G.V. Rao. Photo: Special Arangment

Navigation surgery, which is in the process of being developed for perfection, would revolutionise surgery and treatment in future, said Chief of Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (Hyderabad) G.V. Rao.

Talking about navigation surgery on the sidelines of the Indo-American Biliary Pancreatic Summit (IABPS) 2011 here on Sunday, Dr. Rao said navigation surgery was like driving a car with GPS assistance.

A Norwegian Ronald Marvick develop the method. The part of the patient on which the surgery is to be done is scanned and the entire data is fed into a computer which integrates all images and provides a clear picture to the surgeon to go about the operation. “The surgeon will even know what is beneath the part on which he is operating. The navigation will also help the surgeon to perform the surgery in the right way and improves patient's safety”, said Dr. Rao.

He also foresees that the next generation surgeon can perform the surgery first on the computer and then on the patient.

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