Mumbai hospital launches robot-assisted heart surgery program

03 July,2023 02:14 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

This revolutionary program marks a major advance in medical technology and offers patients a quicker recovery and reduced complications that come with a heart surgery

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Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, recently launched its new robot-assisted heart surgery program, aimed at reducing recovery time and complications for patients who require delicate heart surgeries. The program is led by Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, senior consultant CVTS and lead heart transplant surgeon at Global Hospital, Parel, who has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive cardiac surgeries.

According to Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, a Senior Consultant CVTS and lead Heart Transplant Surgeon at The Global Hospital, Parel, the hospital's robot-assisted heart surgery program is equipped with the latest Da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. This technology allows surgeons to perform complex heart procedures with greater precision and accuracy than traditional open-heart surgeries. Patients benefit from smaller incisions, less blood loss, and faster recovery times. Robotic surgeries are also less invasive and have been shown to result in fewer complications and less pain for patients. Furthermore, the use of robotic technology helps to reduce infection risk and shorten hospital stays.

"The surgeon operates the robotic arms using specialized instruments from a console in the operating room during the procedure. The advanced technology of the robot allows for greater precision and accuracy, resulting in better outcomes for patients undergoing delicate heart surgeries like cardiac bypass surgery. Additionally, the system includes three-dimensional imaging technology that assists in quickly harvesting the main vessels with minimal damage to surrounding delicate structures. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted heart surgery experience smaller incisions, less blood loss, and faster recovery times, which leads to fewer complications and less pain. The use of advanced technology combined with performing robot-assisted cardiac surgeries has resulted in significant improvements." adds Dr Kulkarni.

The CEO of Global Hospitals, Mumbai, Dr Vivek Talaulikar, has expressed that the launch of the robot-assisted heart surgery program at Global Hospital in Parel, Mumbai is a significant achievement for the hospital. This is because it aligns with their commitment to providing cutting-edge medical technology and innovative procedures that lead to better outcomes for patients. Although robotic surgeries are commonly used in urology, oncology, gynecology, liver transplantation, thoracic, and gastrointestinal procedures, minimally invasive robotic-assisted cardiac bypass surgeries are now gaining popularity as well. Patients who have undergone robot-assisted heart surgery at Global Hospital in Parel, Mumbai have reported faster recovery times and no complications. The hospital is delighted to provide this advanced technology to its patients and takes pride in doing so.

Patient Mr. B K Saha, a 56-year-old man from Kalyan with uncontrolled diabetes, experienced chest pain and shortness of breath. An angiography revealed triple vessel disease, but traditional open sternotomy for coronary artery bypass graft posed a significant risk of delayed wound healing due to his condition. However, he was relieved when informed about the advantages of robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass graft and opted for the surgery at Global Hospitals in Mumbai. Thanks to their prompt treatment and round-the-clock care, he can now resume his normal life and expresses gratitude to the doctors. He urges others in similar situations to consider this surgery.

Another patient who successfully underwent Robot-Assisted bypass Surgery Mr Harshad Shah says "Initially, I had delayed making a decision about having a traditional open heart surgery. However, after learning about the robotic-assisted Coronary artery bypass graft from Dr Kulkarni, I chose to proceed with the surgery. Hearing that I wouldn't have a large scar was a relief, and I am pleased with my choice. I expressed my gratitude towards the entire team for making me feel comfortable during my recovery.

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