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ISIC: India's first hospital to do spine robotics surgery

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Dr. H S Chhabra explaining spine robotics surgery in New Delhi

Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi, has become the first hospital in India which provides a high-end robotics system in its spine surgery capabilities.

Preeti Pandey, 33, suffering from Post Tubercular Kyphotic Deformity, was successfully operated in the hospital. The patient complained of severe progressive weakness in her lower limbs, helplessness in controlling bowel and bladder and deformity of the back.

Preeti was diagnosed with cervico-thoracic kyphosis due to the spinal TB where robotic posterior stabilization, vertebra column resection, deformity correction and mesh cage insertion were carried out to correct her deformity and stabilize her movements. She experienced smallest post-operative pain and started walking within a day.

In another case, doctors carried out a spinal fusion procedure on Satish Kumar, 50, working in China, who had developed low back pain radiating to the legs as well as heaviness in both the legs. He was unable to walk even 100 meters.

Satish was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a spinal disorder in which a bone slips forward over the bone below it. The robotic minimal invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion was performed with minimal cut and bleeding.

The patient is significantly better after robotic surgery and could walk up to  three kilometers without any pain. He had only slight post-operative pain after three days of surgery.

“Patients suffering from neck or back conditions can immensely benefit from the robotic surgery that allows doctors to perform less invasive surgical procedures with smaller cuts, less operative bleeding, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stay,” says Dr. H S Chhabra, Medical Director, ISIC.

Dr Chhabra explains, “Severe medical complications like complex cases of scoliosis and kyphosis, degenerative disc diseases, herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis can be successfully treated while those who are seeking a spinal fusion or revision surgery from failed prior surgery may also seek robotic surgery for treatment.”


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