Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhion 31 July, 2014 organized a press briefing to announce successful completion of first-of-its-kind robotic surgery of a 10-year old boy from Jharkhand who suffered from a collapsed vertebra.
This is for the first time that Robotic Surgery has been performed for this particular condition and the child was the first to undergo this procedure.
Ten-year-old-boy, Shivam, who had a collapsed vertebra at the mid-chest level leading to compression of the spinal cord along with a large collection of pus in that area, was subjected to Robotic Surgery.
The boy, who was initially diagnosed with Tuberculosis, was transferred to Apollo Hospitals later for the latest treatment options. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Senior Consultant-Neurosurgery and Dr. Arun Prasad, Senior Consultant-Minimal Access Surgery, after reviewing the case suggested Robotic Surgery as the best treatment option.
The surgery was performed on the 15th of July. The procedure took about two hours and went very well. Once the boy recovered from the procedure, the vertebrae were fixed a week later so as to enable early mobilization.
Apollo Hospitals has always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies for better patient care. With its fully equipped, world class OT’s and the addition of the Da Vinci Surgical technology has augmented the continuous effort of Apollo to bring the best clinical outcomes for the patients.
The Apollo Institute of Robotic surgery has performed 316 successful surgeries till date in the disciplines of Urology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology and Colorectal, Bariatric, and General Surgery.
Robotic Technology adds to better patient management by providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, and greater precision and ergonomic comfort. Since surgeons no longer need to stand throughout the surgery, they don’t get unduly tired. Natural hand tremors are also filtered out by the robot’s computer software.