‘Advanced technology in medical sector enhanced people’s lives’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

“This significant change in the medical sector has enhanced the lives of people. It will prevent human error as well as give the best results. Overall, robotics has become a boon in the field of medicine.” .-Prakash Javadekar said,

Pune: Advanced technology in the medical sector has reduced the risk of severe consequences of surgeries or any kind of operations. It has increased the longevity of patients over the years, said Prakash Javadekar, Union Human Resource Development Minister, during the inaugural function of the Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement Centre at the Shashwat Hospital in the city, on Tuesday. 

MLA Medha Kulkarni, along with Dr PS Karmarkar, Chairman, Shashwat Hospital, Kothrud and Dr Hrushikesh Saraf, robotic joint replacement surgeon, was present on the occasion.

Javadekar said, “This significant change in the medical sector has enhanced the lives of people. It will prevent human error as well as give the best results. Overall, robotics has become a boon in the field of medicine.” 

The new surgery technique was first introduced by the Lokmanya Hospital in Pimpri Chinchwad. Now, the Shashwat Hospital has started it in the city. 

Dr Karmarkar, said, “The robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery uses a robotic system to aid a surgeon during a surgical procedure. This is the first centre in Pune, which uses this technology for knee replacement. Right now, a regular joint replacement costs Rs 1.8 lakh for a single knee. The robotic joint replacement surgery will also cost the same, which will include the cost of imported joint, anaesthesia and physiotherapy at the hospital.”

Dr Saraf said, “Robotic surgery is done only for the knee replacement surgery and unicondylar knee replacement surgery right now. This robotic surgery increases the precision in the surgery and also help for early recovery of the patients and reduces the blood loss. And because of precession the longevity of joint increases so overall the chances of revision knee replacement decreases because of this technology,”
“In last 15 days we have completed more than 20 robotic knee replacement surgeries and this surgery has 99.99 success rates. We have received 300 enquiries till now for this new technological surgery from Pune. This is the 9th machinery in India and 2nd machinery in Pune city and first was in Pimpri-Chinchwad,” Dr Saraf said. 

“The robotic machine is manufactured in the USA and costs around Rs 7 crore. In near future this technology is going to work for total hip replacement, total shoulder replacement and trauma surgeries and arthroscopies,” Saraf added.

“Till now we used to ask the patient to use a walker after the surgery for around 15 days and then slowly stick was being used to walk and later they used to start walking independently. But now, after robotic surgery, from the first day onwards the patient can walk without any support and after the second or third day they can be discharged. So the total number of hospitalisation is reduced and the number of medicines required post operation is also reduced,” Dr Karmarkar added. 

Speaking further, Javdekar said, “We are introducing 1.5 lakh wellness centres. Under Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) project which aims to offer an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family, targeting more than 100 million families belonging to the poor sections of the population and already 13,500 hospitals are being registered from India. In four years, nine crore toilets have been built and from six lakh villages of the country around four lakh villages are open defecation free.”

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