Hyderabad: Conducting transplant surgeries with the assistance of robots is now a reality in the two-Telugu speaking States.
On Wednesday, Yashoda Hospitals announced three-successful robot assisted kidney transplantation surgeries, which were carried in the month of October at their Secunderabad hospital.
This is for the first time that robot-assisted transplant surgeries were taken up in the two-Telugu speaking States.
With the advent of robot-assisted transplant surgeries, Hyderabad has joined a select few cities in the country including Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru where such hi-tech surgeries were taken up in the last one-year.
Interestingly, all the three robot-assisted kidney transplants were living related donor, which means the patients received the kidneys from their close relatives.
In the first case, a 35-year-old mobile shop owner from Hyderabad, Raju Konga received a donor kidney from her 70-year-mother Mallikamba.
In the second case, a 38-year-old businessman Ajay Kurre, hailing from Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, received donor kidney from his wife while in the third, a New Delhi-based teacher, who has refused to be identified, also received a donor kidney from his wife.
Using a robot, in this case the surgeons employed Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System made by US-based company Intuitive Systems, means that that less cutting of the muscle, reduced pain, blood loss and faster recovery.
“Robot assisted surgery eliminates human tremor, an essential requirement while performing complicated surgeries. It allows greater precision, minimal blood loss and lesser chance of post-operative infection,” said Urologist Dr. Suri Babu, who headed the surgeries.
Raju Konga, who received donor kidney from his mother, was a happy man. “I am very glad to have recovered quickly within a week or so,” he said.
Compared to traditional transplant surgeries, which cost anywhere between Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh, the robot assisted surgery will cost the patients at least Rs. 1 lakh more. The doctors said that the trade-off will be smaller incision, quicker recovery, less muscle cutting and better precision.