Bengaluru's Apollo hospital completes 100 robotic cardiac surgeries

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Dr. Sangita Reddy and Dr. Sathyaki Nambala

Rohit Shishodia

In a milestone, Bengaluru’s Apollo hospital has completed 100 robotic cardiac surgeries, becoming the first healthcare facility in the country to perform such advanced and complex surgical procedures.

In a virtual conference on September 6, 2021, doctors said that robotic cardiac surgeries have a bright future in comparison to conventional surgeries.

The robotic surgeries ensure quick healing, minimal blood loss, and no bone cut.

Speaking to Drug Today Medical Times (DTMT), Dr. Sathyaki Nambala Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Apollo Hospital, Bengaluru, credited the doctors for achieving the accomplishments and said, “Robotic cardiac surgeries will be done in more numbers in coming times.”

While explaining the advantages of these surgeries, Dr. Nambala said, “In robotic surgeries, an 8.8mm hole is done in the chest wall through the robotic arm. We don’t cut bone and tissues. Less blood and quick recovery time, no post-surgery infections are features of the robotic cardiac surgeries.”

Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals, said it is a very complex milestone to reach.

It is not a small feat to achieve in 24 months, this surgery is extremely patient-friendly, and unlike conventional surgeries, you can go home in 24 hours post-cardiac operation, she added.

Dr. Reddy informed that cardiac robotic surgeries have been performed in many elderly patients who were inoperable due to their age and poor health.


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