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Heart blockage removal by robots in Ahmedabad hospital

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In robotic heart surgery, the cardiologist performs the procedure using joysticks sitting in a cock-pit away from the patient. Robotic surgery is far more precise than conventional surgery.

Dr. Tejas Patel, the Chairman of the Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad, has already conducted 50 robotic heart surgeries along with his partner Dr Shah. He has installed the robotic system for performing heart surgeries in the Apex Heart Institute. Dr. Patel has trained over 5,000 cardiologists in the robotic procedure.

Dr. Patel, a leading interventional cardiologist, has installed the CorPath GRX System in Apex. This is a vascular robotic system to remove blockages in arteries of the heart, installed outside the US for the first time. Robots have 10 times more precision and can minimize complications due to human error.

Dr Patel will be starting a global centre of excellence for training interventional cardiologists on robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). US-based Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. has collaborated with Apex to develop the system.

The robotic arm is loaded with a new cassette for every procedure which has a guide catheter and guide wire which pass through the block, a balloon for heart vessel opening and a stent put in the artery to keep the vessel unblocked.

The robotic arm is loaded and connected to the puncture in radial artery of the patient. Then the cardiologist performs the procedure using joysticks sitting in a cock-pit away from the patient. After completion of the procedure, robotic arm is disengaged. Later, a new cassette with new equipment is uploaded for a new patient.

Dr. Patel said that the cassette uploaded along with the procedure tools cost Rs 75,000. This cost will come down once the system is used extensively. He said that the robotics system will cost US $ 1.5 million, but the investment is worthwhile since it is the future of interventional cardiology.

This technology is promising as it will enable the surmounting of the scarcity of specialist doctors and will give high quality care to patients in remote areas, says Dr. Patel.

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