Largest Batch Of AIIMS Resident Surgeons To Learn Basics Of
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Young surgeons at the All India Institute of Medical Science are being acquainted with Da Vinci. A group of 70 young surgeons specialising in oncology at the premier medical science institute in New Delhi is learning the basics of robot-assisted surgeries. The robot is made by California-based Intuitive Surgicals.

The surgeons will learn from international faculty and will practice on a simulator that is like a virtual robot, said S V S Deo, head of surgical oncology department at Dr BRA Institute-Rotary Cancer Hospital at AIIMS, who is spearheading this programme. Robot-assisted surgeries have become more important in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic as surgeons need not be in close contact with the patient and his bodily fluids, he added.

Moreover, using the Da Vinci, surgeons can perform minimal incisions, and in a range of motion much beyond human hands. This would result in lesser complications, better quality of surgery and faster recovery, Deo said. This is crucial as it results in a shorter hospital stay, easing the burden on public health infrastructure.

At present, only about 500 surgeons in India know how to work with these robots. Max Healthcare has performed an average of 75-80 robotic surgeries every month. Apollo Hospitals have six Da Vinci robots, and plan to get three more.

Intuitive Surgicals plans to partner with multiple teaching institutions across the country. 500 more surgeons to be taught robotics over the next year and a half, top official says. Robotic Onboarding Program and Education aims to support evolution of the country's surgical healthcare landscape.

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