Monday, February 23, 2009

Robot Therapy

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>>The image of an operation theatre that comes to one’s mind is that of a crowded place with two to three surgeons, an anaesthesiologist and several paramedics surrounding the patient, all needed for even the simplest of surgeries. Thanks to robotic technology, several Indian hospitals may require only one surgeon, an anaesthesiologist and one or two paramedics in the operation theatre. In this nearly empty operation theatre, the doctor sits at a computer console, either in or outside the operating room, using advanced robotic surgery systems to accomplish what once took a dozen people to perform.

In recent times, Apollo Hospitals, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Fortis Hospitals, Hinduja Hospital, HealthCare Global, Care Hospitals, Yashoda Cancer Institute and many more healthcare organisations are increasingly relying on advanced robotic systems like CyberKnife Robotic Radio Surgery and Da Vinci Robotic System. While the former is being utilised for giving radiation to the patients to treat various forms of tumours in the body, the latter is a robotic surgery apparatus. “Therapeutic applications of such systems are found in cardiology, neurology, urology and cancer surgeries,” says Chilukuri Srinivas, consultant clinical oncologist at Yashoda Cancer Institute, Hyderabad.

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