Soon: Robotic surgery in BMC hospitals?

Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. Now, it is likely to be introduced in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals. For which, the BMC hospitals dean will conduct group studies. Then, the decision will be taken regarding the same

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  • The Robotic surgery is a new and exciting emerging technology that is taking the surgical profession by storm.
  • The Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery — procedures performed through tiny incisions. The most widely used clinical robotic surgical system includes a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them.
  • Though, the robotic surgery is not affordable by many. And still it is not being done in the BMC hospitals. But now, a decision will be taken regarding the same.

Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator has given a proposal to the standing committee. For which, the BMC hospitals dean will conduct group studies. After which, the decision will be taken.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Avinash Supe, director of Municipal Hospitals said, “One of the corporator has given a proposal regarding the Robotic surgery in BMC run hospital. We are yet to take a decision on it. Robotic surgery is good for the patients. We, are thinking on the proposal, but it might take a year to start. As we will discuss this with our seniors then take a final decision”

Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Dean, BYL Nair Hospital, said, “The robotic surgery is expensive so a group study will be conducted by the deans. We haven’t got any instructions from the administration. We will start working towards it once we get the instructions.”

Last year robot was brought from abroad at the Sir JJ Group of Hospitals. In  order to train the government hospital doctors. Dr Amol Wagh, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “Starting the robotic surgery in the BMC hospitals is a good thought. It will benefit the patients and will make the surgery easier.”

Benefits of the robotic surgery:

  • Shorter hospitalisation.
  • Reduced pain and discomfort.
  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities.
  • Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection.
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions.
  • Minimal scarring.