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Doctors perform first robotic bypass surgery in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: While doctors have been using robotic surgeries for oncology, gynaecology and urology related procedures for the last four years in Mumbai, they have used it to perform a bypass surgery for the first time

mumbai Updated: Jun 28, 2017 00:32 IST
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Burhan Motiwala, a businessman, had three blockages in his artery. He underwent an angioplasty procedure two months ago but it did not help him.
Burhan Motiwala, a businessman, had three blockages in his artery. He underwent an angioplasty procedure two months ago but it did not help him. (HT photo)

A 64-year-old man from Mazagaon has become the first patient in the city to undergo a robot-assisted bypass surgery.

While doctors have been using robotic surgeries for oncology, gynaecology and urology related procedures for the last four years in Mumbai, they have used it to perform a bypass surgery for the first time.

In a robot-assisted surgery, a surgeon does not handle the instruments manually, instead uses a console to manoeuvre the instruments.

Burhan Motiwala, a businessman, had three blockages in his artery. He underwent an angioplasty procedure two months ago but it did not help him.

“They had put two stents in the arteries but I still had pain in my chest and left arm,” said Motiwala. A month later, he decided to undergo the robot-assisted bypass surgery at Saifee Hospital.

Dr Aliasgar Behrenwala, head of department, cardiothoracic surgery, Saifee Hospital, said the major advantage of robot-assisted bypass is that the patient recovers faster.

“It is a minimally invasive surgery. The incisions are not very deep and there is hardly any blood loss and pain is negligible,” said Dr Beherenwala.

The procedure does not require the use of an instrument called rib spreader, which is used in the conventional surgery.

“Ribs are bones which protect the heart and lungs. When we perform the conventional bypass surgery, we use a rib spreader to separate the ribs, which adds to the pain and prolongs recovery,” he said.

Motiwala was discharged four days after his operation and has recovered fully.

The cost of robot-assisted bypass surgery is around Rs5 lakh, which is double the cost of conventional bypass surgery.

Benefits of robotically assisted heart surgery

•Smaller incisions with minimal scarring

•Less pain

•Shorter hospital stay (usually 3 to 4 days)

•Decreased use of pain medications

•Less bleeding

•Decreased risk of infection