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Robotic surgery conference begins today

An international conference showcasing robotic arm surgery technique will be held at Hotel Wintin in the city from April 27-29.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 27, 2012 2:18:13 am

An international conference showcasing robotic arm surgery technique will be held at Hotel Wintin in the city from April 27-29. Fifty surgeries will be performed free-of-cost and will be telecast live at the conference.

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar,laparoscopic and robotic cancer surgeon and chief medical director of Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute,said 3Arm Da Vinci Robot system introduced at the institute has helped perform 300 robotic surgeries,of which 164 are cancer surgeries.

He said the purpose of introduction of robotics is to broaden the indications of minimal invasive surgery and make difficult procedures easier to perform. In oncology,the most important factor is oncological clearance,which translates into survival benefits. The experience of use of robotics in various oncological procedures has shown comparable results with laparoscopy,said Puntambekar,adding that robotic surgery is an emerging field with rapid acceptance owing to its 3 dimensional image,dexterity of instruments and autonomy of camera control. The conference will be attended by 1,200 doctors from India and abroad.

A robotic surgery that normally costs Rs 1.5-2 lakh will be performed free of cost during the conference.

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