CHENNAI: As many as 100 doctors from across the country descended at Apollo Hospitals here on Saturday to learn how to handle Da Vinci - the robot that helps them perform surgeries.
The two-day workshop is part of the initiative to transfer technology within the community.
Dr Mohan Gundeti, paediatric urologist and expert in robotic urological surgery from the US demonstrated six live surgeries. The youngest to undergo the robotic surgery was a two months old boy for blockage in urinary passage in Kidney.
Explaining on robotic surgery, Dr Sripathi, senior consultant, Apollo Hospitals said, the hospital has done over 80 robotic surgeries using Da Vinci robot in Chennai alone since 2011. In that, 95 percent of them were of urological complaints.
Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which provides advantages like reduced discomfort and pain, minimal caring, enhanced magnification, greater accuracy and better precision and less blood loss. Robotic surgery is done for complex surgeries on the kidney, uterus and bladders, Sripathi added.
After two days workshop, the doctors will practice in the hospital under the supervision of experts for first 10 surgeries at least. By then, the doctors would develop expertise on the robotic surgical system, the doctors added.