Better tech would have let me play a little longer: Kapil Dev

Cricketing legend was at an event to announce robotic knee replacement

January 03, 2019 01:42 am | Updated 07:22 pm IST - CHENNAI

Kapil Dev and Jyotika at the event in Chennai on Wednesday.

Kapil Dev and Jyotika at the event in Chennai on Wednesday.

“Had there been [better] technology then, I would have played cricket for another 5-7 years,” cricketer Kapil Dev said.

While speaking at an event, where the SRM Institutes for Medical Sciences (SIMS) announced the robotic knee replacement performed at the hospital, he said he would have certainly played more cricket, had the technology in medicine been advanced. He spoke of how he underwent a knee surgery as a kid after an injury. “I have had four surgeries in my knee so far. Way back in the 80s, they didn’t have technology or systems to mend, and hence they had to open the knee to see what went wrong. Today, they don’t have to do such things. Technology is good but the person behind it is even more important,” he said.

Surgeries at SIMS are performed using NAVIO PFS robotic surgical system, which is an advanced generation robotic intervention in joint replacement.

Better accuracy

Vijay C. Bose, joint-director and senior consultant, Institute of Orthopaedics, SIMS, said robotic joint replacement improves results of knee replacement surgery. “The accuracy is better and there is increased patient safety and decreased blood loss. Precision is very important in procedures like knee replacement,” he added.

Actress Jyotika spoke of how her mother’s life was transformed after knee replacement. “The first time, she was operated at a hospital in Mumbai and was unhappy; so we decided to bring her to SIMS and now she is able to travel across the world,” she added.

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