Safdarjang Hospital starts free robotic surgery facility for poor

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Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launches robotic surgery facility at Safdarjang Hospital

New Delhi (NVI): National capital’s Safdarjang Hospital (SJH), one of the biggest tertiary care referral centre of India, has become the first central government hospital to start the latest robotic surgery facility which will be available for all poor patience free of cost.

This facility was dedicated to the nation by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan here on November 2.

Robotic surgery has the advantage of providing minimally invasive surgery, reducing significantly the morbidity & mortality of critically ill, cancer and kidney failure patients.

The Robotic system provides 7 degrees of freedom, 3-D vision, 10 times magnification and better dissection with more precision. The operating time also decreases resulting in improvement in turnover of patients and decrease in waiting list of patients for surgery significantly.

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Safdarjang Hospital under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare caters to all poor patients of uro-oncological cancers like prostate, kidney, bladder cancers and kidney failures, from different parts of country.

Already 25 surgeries have been done using robot surgeries including prostate, kidney, bladder cancers and advanced reconstructive surgeries by Dr Anup Kumar, Head of Department (HOD), Urology and Renal Transplant, SJH and VMMC.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Department of Urology and Renal Transplant of SJH has already started the First International LIVE 3-D Laparoscopic Surgeries Web Cast, showing complex uro-oncology and reconstructive surgeries, twice in a month. This has been integrated with the E-Health online education programme of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which is now connected with 52 Medical colleges across India. This is the first such program in Urology in India.

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