CHC to take lead in performing robotic heart surgeries

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Chennai, Dec 29 (UNI) The year 2008 would see robots doing major heart surgeries and the city-based Chettinad Health City (CHC) would take the lead in doing robotic assisted heart surgeries.

Talking to newspersons after completing the first ever Robotic assisted Atrial Septal Defect (ASD-Hole in the heart) at the CHC, here, R Ravi Kumar, Director, Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Robotic Surgery Centre yesterday said, ''this is a path breaking event adding to the adage that Chennai is Mecca of Medicine.'' Stating that robots were all set to take up major Heart surgeries in the coming years, Dr Ravi Kumar said in the next five to seven years, all major heart surgeries would be done by robots.

''In fact at the CHC itself, we are planning 200 to 250 robotic assisted heart surgeries to be carried out in the year 2008.

This surgery was very precise in performance and could do more complex jobs, benefiting people with heart ailments. ''CHC is the only Centre in Asia, which can perform robotic heart valve replacement surgery,'' he added.

He said while one patient underwent ASD surgery, another patient underwent Robotic assisted Mitral Valve Replacement surgery at the CHC and both the surgeries were successful and the patients were recuperating well.

At the press conference, he said major advantages of surgery were that the recovery was faster and it required only a minimal incision. While the traditional open heart surgery required an incision of about 22 cm, the robotic assisted surgery required four to five cm.

The blood loss and tissue damage was also very less and there were less chances of infection and the stay at the hospital was reduced to half. Less pain, less scaring and early return to normal activity, he said.


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