BMC hospitals may get robot surgeons by next year

Jan 12, 2018, 16:27 IST | Rupsa Chakraborty

Proposal mooted at standing committee, deans of hospitals to conduct study on feasibility

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Soon, thousands of needy patients may get access to advanced treatment in the form of robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, at all civic-run hospitals. This is after a corporator made the proposal to introduce it at all BMC-run hospitals. However, Mumbaikars may have to wait for a year as the deans of all major hospitals will have to conduct a group study on it to come to a final decision on its implementation.

Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator, had made the suggestion at the standing committee to introduce robotic surgery for the benefit of poor patients who can’t afford it at private hospitals.

Currently, JJ hospital is the only one with the technology. Last year, a robot was brought from abroad. It has several benefits over conventional technology such as being less painful, providing faster recovery, reducing risk of infection and so on. But, most importantly, the surgery is performed through smaller incisions, which helps reduce blood loss and causes minimal scarring.

"It is a good proposal and we are trying to consider it as it would be beneficial for hundreds of patients. We have to discuss with other officials to decide, but it might take a year as it is a time-consuming procedure," said Dr Avinash Supe.

Deans are now awaiting instructions from BMC. Also, getting the advanced technology in all hospitals would be expensive so the officials would also have to decide on the budget.

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