Robotic surgery assures a healthier post-operative life, causing minimal blood loss, quicker healing of wounds and shorter hospital stays for those suffering from life threatening conditions in vital body systems. Eminent American and Indian surgeons specializing in 'Minimal Access Surgery' will converge in Kochi, Kerala next week (September 12 and 13, 2015) to share best practices in the emerging field of robotic surgery.
Eminent robotic surgeons from America slated to speak at the conference include Dr. Mario Leitao, Jr., Director, Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery Programme, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, a noted kidney transplant surgeon and Director, Robotic Surgery Research and Education at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.
Raj Vattikuti, a software entrepreneur from Michigan, who created the Vattikutti Foundation, a not-for profit Corporation headquartered in Michigan would also be attending this conference. Bhandari who also serves as the CEO, Vattikuti Foundation, that founded the Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, said, "Robotic surgery has a great value in cancer surgery as radical cancer surgery is possible through small holes and facilitates quick recovery of the patient. The Foundation has organized the Robotic Surgeons' Conference to propagate Robotic surgery in India."
From the first robotic cardiac surgery conducted by noted cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan in 2002 in India, application of Da Vinci robotic systems in India has spread to over 25 hospitals in the country and the number of surgeons performing robotic surgeries has grown to 120. The number of robotic surgeries conducted in 2014 crossed 2500 mark taking the cumulative number of surgeries to date to an over 10,000.
This two-day Robotic Surgeons meet aims to encourage surgeons to widen their expertise in the field of robotic surgery. It will serve as a platform for about 100 surgeons engaged in robotic surgery in India to present their work, exchange views, and learn from each others' experience. Emerging topics that will come up for discussion include possibilities for ENT surgeons, difficulties faced during robotic surgery and prevention and management of complications in Robotics.