Posted on: 27/12/2016


Bengaluru hospital uses robotic surgery for live kidney transplant

Robotic Kidney TransplantBENGALURU: From now on patients undergoing a kidney transplant will not need to undergo deeper and larger cuts for setting the new organ in their bodies. Robotic-assisted surgery has made it possible to carry out the procedure only through a small key-hole cut. A city hospital has done on two live kidney transplants and it is said to be have done for the first time in the country.

When Sarojit Adak, 35, from West Bengal started suffering from weight loss and poor health due to kidney failure and was left with the only option of regular dialysis, his 48-year-old mother-in-law decided to donate one of her kidneys to give him a new lease of life.

Ditto with Sudipta Kumar Bala, 29, from Orissa who suffered from severe acidity, breathing troubles, vomiting and loss of appetite and was diagnosed with complete kidney failure. For him, his own 50-year-old mother became the saviour. However, what scared both the patients was the complicated surgery involved in a transplant when the latest robotic technology came to their rescue.

Explaining the procedure that was conducted on both these patients, Dr Deepak Dubey, consultant urology and renal transplant at Manipal Hospitals, said: “A small cut was made around the umbilicus and kidney was inserted into the recipient’s body. The blood vessels of the kidney were stitched to the blood vessels of the recipient using the robot. Robotic instruments have 360 degree rotation compared to the human wrist which has only 270 degree rotation and provides the surgeon with ten times magnified, high-definition, 3D-image of the body's intricate anatomy using key-hole technique. Complete rehearsal was done a day prior to the procedure and the patient and family were given all the relevant information.”

Speaking about the trend of robotic surgery in India, Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman at Manipal Hospitals, said: “Reasonable costs, less pain, minimal invasion, early recovery and increasing awareness have put India on the global map when it comes to robot-assisted surgeries across the health spectrum and the country is poised to take a leap soon. Robotic procedures have started to cover a wide spectrum of procedures —cardiac, urology, general surgery, thoracic, gynaecology, head and neck, vascular and paediatrics.”


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