Raju Konga Underwent a Successful Kidney Transplant, Thanks to a Robot!

The Da Vinci Surgical Robot. Representative image only.Picture Courtesy: Wikipedia.

The patient is on the road to recovery, say doctors.

Hyderabad’s Yashoda Hospital gave Raju Konga a new lease of life, courtesy a robot-assisted kidney transplant. This is the hospital’s third successful robot-assisted kidney-transplant surgery, since October.

Robot-assisted surgery is not uncommon. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad have seen high-tech surgeries in the last year.

A robot-assisted surgery in progress. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
A robot-assisted surgery in progress. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Costing about a lakh more (a kidney transplant costs about ₹6,00,000) the trade-off is smaller incision, quicker recovery, less muscle cutting and better precision, according to doctors in Telangana Today.

The system used was the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, and interestingly pioneered by an Indian-origin urologist, Dr Mani Menon, at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, Michigan, according to the Times of India.

The technology, powered by robotics, translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of miniscule instruments inside a patient’s body. One of the instruments used is a laparoscope, and it sends images to a video monitor. The surgeon is 100% in control of the system at all times. As of 2016, India has 32 Da Vinci systems, and 190 surgeons trained to use it.

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“Higher magnification through robot-assisted equipment improves the visibility of the surgical area, improving accuracy and precision of the surgeon,” said Dr Babu, the urologist at Yashoda, Hyderabad, who performed Mr Konga’s transplant, to The Hindu, adding that the patient will now be able to lead a normal life.

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