Robot-assisted surgeries may prove the best treatment option for urological cancer patients: Doctors

Srinagar, June 18: Robotic surgeries have shown promising results with the advancement of health technologies and said there is a need for awareness among people about it, experts said on Saturday.

Addressing the press conference in Srinagar, a team of doctors led by Dr Shafiq Ahmed, Urology Consultant, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals, New Delhi said that surgical robotic systems and a wide range of surgical procedures are now widely available worldwide, including India.

“With advances in medical technology, there are many treatment options for kidney problems today,” he said.

Dr Shafiq said robots have played a major role in treating patients suffering from prostate cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer.

“With robotic surgery, the outcome and outcomes are better than conventional mobility and this will undoubtedly improve the use of technology for the benefit of patients,” he said.

Dr. Shafiq said that with more emphasis on standardizing the robotic surgical procedure, it is essential to educate patients about the benefits of a robotic surgical approach for urological cancers.

“In the years to come, the scope and implementation of this treatment modality will likely be the most preferred treatment option,” he said.

“This month, we have planned to organize OPD for Kashmiri patients in Srinagar and this will be held in Kashmir clinics on Sunday, June 19,” Dr Shafiq said.

He said Kashmir has the best doctors in the world serving across the globe. I’ve been running OPDs in the valley for 10 years and getting great responses from people. They have complete faith and trust in our team,” said Dr Shafiq.

“In the future HCMCT Manipal Hospitals, Delhi is planning to open a fully-fledged branch in Kashmir to reach people at their doorsteps,” he said.

On this occasion, Dr. Hamza Shaikh said that robotic technology has enabled urologists to perform minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic techniques.

“During robotic surgery, a surgeon and a dedicated team control the robotic arms and their EndoWrists, which grasp surgical instruments from a console while operating through small incisions,” he said.

About opting for Kashmir, Dr. Hamza said that he had operated on many patients in the valley and had good responses from them.

“Our goal is to meet patient expectations. We tell patients the truth about whether surgery is needed or not,” he said.

Dr. Hamza said that over the past decade the use of robotic techniques in urologic cancer surgery has increased dramatically.

“The da Vinci Surgical System is the most widely used robotic platform and has paved the way for technological innovation. Manipal hospitals have a center of excellence in robotics and cancer surgery,” he said.

Dr. Hamza said he has state-of-the-art facilities for people with serious medical conditions that require advanced treatment and surgery.

“A high-definition image of the surgical field is provided by a camera that is inserted through a separate incision,” he said.

Nadeem Ahmad, country sales manager for Manipal Hospital, said it was the second largest multi-specialty healthcare provider in India, treating more than 4 million patients a year.

“With its recent acquisition of a 100% stake in Columbia Asia Hospitals in India, the integrated organization today has a strengthened pan-India footprint with 28 hospitals in 14 cities with over 7,000 beds with a talented pool of over 4,000 physicians and over 10,000 employees,” he said.

Nadeem said their goal is to develop an affordable, high-quality healthcare framework through its spectrum of multi-specialty and tertiary care delivery and further expand it to out-of-hospital care.

“Manipal hospitals provide comprehensive curative and preventive care to a multitude of patients from all over the world,” he said.

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