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Robotics Help Apollo Hospital Save 65 Children’s Lives with Delicate Surgeries

Chennai-based Apollo Children’s Hospital has treated children from countries as diverse as Dubai and Uzbekistan with the help of robotics, the first hospital to integrate hi-tech with treatment, it said.

Surgeries performed at the Children’s Hospital using the da Vinci robot provides advantages suchh as quicker discharge time, minimal scarring, smaller incisions and less blood loss that conventional laparoscopy offers compared to open surgeries.

Highlighting the need for robotic surgeries, doctors at Apollo said robotic procedures being highly precise and targeted, coupled with the expertise, and infrastructure helped to achieve high level of success.

Dr Venkat Sripathi, Senior Consultant Paediatric Urologist says, “The magnification and 3D view that robotics offers helps us navigate in a targeted manner and complete the procedure without affecting neighbouring cells and tissues which is crucial in paediatrics.”

Elaborating on how robotics helped in the treatment of 3 year old Aditya Somani, Dr Sripathi said, in one case a boy by name Aditya had urine flowing back to his kidneys, a condition called vesico-ureteral reflux, requiring urgent surgery. “With the help of robotics, we completed the procedure in 1 hr and 45 minutes reducing the child’s discomfort and helping him recover quite immediately. The block was removed, ureter reattached to the bladder and fixed in a way to prevent urine backflow into the kidneys,” he said.

In another case, a 5-year-old Bhargavi with a block outside the kidney made it difficult for a conventional surgery with a large incision to approach the kidney which could have been complicated. However with robotics, given its superb magnification and manoeuvring capabilities, helped the team of doctors to remove the block in just 1.5 hours.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

  • –Quicker discharge time
  • –Reduced discomfort and pain
  • –Smaller incisions
  • –Enhanced magnification
  • –Greater accuracy
  • –Better Precision
  • –Minimal scarring
  • –Reduced blood loss

“At Apollo, we have always believed that harnessing the right technology and entrusting it in skilful hands can help work miracles. If you have the expertise, your battle is half won already. The only area we then focus our energies on is to ensure that our patients are well counselled on the techniques we will be adopting to cure them or their loved ones so that we can allay any fears that may be in their minds,” said Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals.

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