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ROBOTIC CARDIAC SURGERY IN INDIA

 

 

Hyderabad doc demonstrates India’s capabilities in new era cardiac care

City doctor performs minimal invasive Bypass using robotic equipment

BY A CORRESPONDENT

7 June, 2005, Hyderabad: For decades, science fiction has been promising a future filled with robots that will make the various annoyances and dangers of life easier or more bearable. Robotics changed manufacturing in the '70s and '80s. Today, a new generation of robots is making a significant difference in medicine and surgery and could conceivably change the way that we deal with disease. Robots, which help create minimal invasions for surgeries are extremely precise and are transforming the way heart disease will be treated forever.

Recently, Care Foundation funded the acquisition of a new surgical robot called daVinci System to create a unique landmark for heartcare in Southern India. After Delhi, Care Hospital’s acquisition has created history as the second city in the country to acquire this equipment and expertise. Dr. Gopichand Mannam, an eminent Cardiothoracic surgeon who has completed over 6000 surgeries so far, recently operated on a 45 year old patient using this robotic equipment in Hyderabad. Speaking to the press on the occasion, Dr. Gopichand addressed, “The robotic surgery is a boon to heart patients who will now only need minimal invasions, even for heart surgeries like revascularization & valve replacement. Over time, robotic heart surgeries will attempt not to open the chest at all to do operations on the heart. Though there is still some way to go for that, this first step taken by us is a great beginning.”

Dr. Gopichand and a few colleagues went to the United States last year to get trained in these new techniques using robots and practiced on the daVinci equipment to equip and train & equip themselves. The first patient, a 72 year old male, was successfully operated for Bypass using the robotic equipment about one month ago and the second such patient, a 45 year old labourer, was operated for Bypass Surgery on Saturday, 4th June, 2005. Dr. Gopichand elaborated on the procedure and said, “The recovery time using robotic surgery is phenomenal because of the small incisions. There is also no need to cut of any bones for the surgery. It is fascinating to see the patients go home within 5 days. The robotic arms which have been modeled after the human wrist allow a full range of motion, transposing the action of the finger tips to the robotic instrument.”

The advanced robotic equipment and trained doctors on the equipment, firmly places Hyderabad as among the most advanced medical hubs in the country.

Dr. Gopichand Mannam graduated from Guntur Medical College, Guntur, AP, in April 1981. In May 1981 he went to Jamaica, West Indies, where he developed his initial skills in surgery. In 1983 he went to the UK to pursue his career in general surgery. He passed FRCS in General surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in 1986 and The Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow in 1987. 

In November 1994, he came back to India and joined the Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, as a senior Consultant in Cardio-Thoracic surgery. Later, in June 1997, he has joined Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Currently, for the past 5 years, he is at CARE hospital, Banjara Hills as Chief of Cardiothoracic surgery. His main interests are congenital cardiac surgery and Coronary artery bypass on a beating heart (OPCAB). So far he has done more than 6000 heart operations. 

Dr. Gopichand also does hundreds of free cardiac surgeries on children every year. He is also the Managing Trustee of “Hrudaya”, a charitable trust that helps finance free heart surgeries for the children of the underprivileged.

 

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