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SCB moots robotic surgery

Published: 07th March 2013 12:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2013 12:03 PM   |  A+A-

With the legislation of Anatomy Amendment Bill by the Assembly, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack has come up with new visions for adoption of Robot Assisted Surgery, Radio Surgery and LTx liver transplantation for critical multi-specialty surgeries.

Head of Urology Department Prof Datteswar Hota on Wednesday proposed for setting up new robot assisted technology which is a minimal invasive surgery. In recent days, this new technology is gaining worldwide acceptance.

Making a presentation at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary BK Patnaik, Dr Hota said this technology is available in 20 super speciality hospitals across India. Some of them are AIIMS and Escorts Fortis, Dehli, Chettinad Hospitals, Chennai, Galaxy Care, Pune, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, Apollo and Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai.As per preliminary estimate, the new technology will require an initial investment of ` 12.5 crore.

Experts say the average cost per surgery can be reduced to ` 50,000 with the new technology. The cost will come down to Rs  25,000 per operation if more than two cases are taken up at a time.

In his presentation, Prof Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra, HOD, Neurosurgery explained the utility of Gamma knife and Cyber knife for surgery of brain, skull, spinal cord and nerves. Diseases like brain trauma, infections, congenital and brain blood vessel defects and degenerative lesions can be treated with the new radio surgery.

About 11,000 such patients have been treated in SCB Medical College and Hospital which is the only hospital in eastern region of the country. It is estimated that this method will require an investment of Rs 25 crore.

Making a presentation of LTx technology for liver transplantation, Prof Mihir Kumar Mohapatra said the new technology will enable the surgeons to remove a segment of liver from a healthy living donor and implant it in the body of recipient. Parents can save the life of their children by donating a part of their liver.

With a high prevalence of morbidity and mortality due to chronic liver diseases, patients of the State spend about Rs 25 to 40 lakh in corporate hospitals outside the State.

The method will require one-time investment of around Rs 15 crore with annual recurring expenditure of Rs 3 crore.

But it will bring down the treatment cost to Rs 10 lakh per patient.Chief Secretary asked the Health Department to examine the proposals and work out fund requirement along with affordability keeping in view the number of patients to be treated.

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