TN govt. hospital performs robotic-assisted surgery

TN govt. hospital performs robotic-assisted surgery

The Da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery system, and Advanced Robotic Surgery Centre was inaugurated early this year

  • By IPP Bureau | May 26, 2022

Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital (TNGMSSH), a leading government-owned super speciality hospital in Chennai, performed the first-ever robotic-assisted surgery by a state government-owned hospital in India, the hospital release stated.

This complicated robotic-assisted surgery performed by using Da Vinci RAS technology on a 44-year-old from Tirupattur district, who was diagnosed with ureter transitional carcinoma with renal obstruction, was led by leading Urologists, Dr R Jayaganesh, Dr N Ragavan (Proctor Surgeon), and Dr L Parthasarathy (Chief Anaesthetist), last month. The patient recovered quickly and was discharged from the hospital on the second day after operation.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, M.K.Stalin had inaugurated the first-ever advanced robotic surgery centre by a state govt. owned hospital in India at TNGMSSH, earlier this year. While Central govt. institutions have acquired such advanced facility, this is the first state govt. hospital in India to have such a centre and to successfully perform robotic-assisted surgery.

Managing such cases for the past 26 years, Dr R Jayaganesh, Urologist, Multi Super-Speciality hospital, who performed the surgery said, “We decided to perform Radical Nephro Ureterectomy using Robotic-Assisted System provided to us by the Govt. of Tamilnadu. Using this novel technology, we could address the complex anatomy and tumour involvement judiciously. In terms of technical feasibility, safety and long term oncological outcomes, we found this approach as a viable alternative to open surgery. This Minimally Invasive Surgical option enables faster patient recovery and early discharge. Following the surgery, the patient was ambulant with good well-being and was on normal diet and fluid intake without much need of pain relieving injections or prolonged bed rest, demonstrating the unique advantages of Robot Assisted Surgery. In view of shorter hospital stay, the cost becomes comparable to laparoscopic or open surgery which need 7-14 days hospital stay.”

Since its launch, the centre is being used by the Departments of Urology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Surgical Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery. The centre has successfully completed 10 robotic surgeries to date with very good patient acceptance and recovery.


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