MGM Hospital performs first robotic surgery in Navi Mumbai

46-year-old man from West Bengal undergoes the operation for rectum cancer

March 17, 2017 12:52 am | Updated 12:52 am IST

Navi Mumbai: In a first in Navi Mumbai, doctors at MGM Hospital, Vashi, have performed a successful robotic surgery on a 46-year-old man for rectum cancer.

Dr. Donald John Babu, consultant onco-surgeon, and director of the robotic programme at the hospital, along with Dr. Sanket Mehta, consultant surgical oncologist and hipec surgeon, and anaesthetists, conducted the surgery on Sujit Kumar Som, which lasted two-and-a-half hours, on March 11. The operation was performed with advanced Da Vinci surgical system.

“We have performed a robotic surgery on Mr. Som, who was diagnosed with rectum cancer. He had undergone two cycles of chemotherapy and radiation at Tata Memorial Hospital since June. However, there was no sign of improvement; thus a surgery was recommended and performed,” said Dr. Babu.

Speaking about the benefits, Dr. Babu said, “With the help of a robot, surgeons are able to perform complex procedures with enhanced accuracy, precision, and fewer complications. Most importantly, the patient has a shorter hospital stay, lesser pain.”

“Although Mr. Som was a patient at the Tata’s, there was a long wait for the surgery. It was then that one of Mr. Som’s friends recommended him my name,” said Dr. Babu.

“I feel better, and there is less pain. I am immensely happy that after nine months I am going back to my home,” said Mr. Som, who hails from West Bengal. He will be leaving for his home town on March 17.

Robotic surgery or robot-assisted surgery is the use of a robot in performing surgery using very small tools attached to a robotic arm; surgeon controls the robotic arm with a console

The procedure ensures greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualisation, improved access, 3D vision, and tremor filtration.

The patients enjoys benefits such as shorter hospital stay, lesser pain, lower risk of infection, less blood loss, less scars, fewer transfusions, faster recovery and quickest return to normal life.

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