Robotic Surgeons Council meeting in Goa

Robotic Surgeons Council meeting in Goa

Eminent US robotic surgery experts have been invited by the Vattikuti Foundation and will share their expertise in their specialties this week with over 250 Robotic Surgeons during the bi-annual Robotic Surgeons Council meet in Goa. The US surgeons have been handpicked according to the needs of Indian healthcare and surgeons here.


Leading practitioners in the field of Computer Assisted Surgery will share their surgical techniques and outcomes at the Vattikuti Foundation hosted technical conference to add to the knowledge sharing.


Among the eminent practicing US robotic surgeons who will speak to the Indian surgeons at the IX Robotic Surgeons Council Meet at Goa on November 18 and 19 are giants such as Dr J. Scott Magnuson, Medical Director, Head and Neck Surgery, Celebration Health System, Orlando Dr Khurshid Ghani, Associate Professor of Urology, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Dr Brian Harkins, Head of Robotics Committee of Department of Surgery, Tomball Regional Hospital in Texas, all in the US.


Mr Dave Rosa, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, the sole manufacturer of da Vinci Robotic Surgery equipment will also participate in the discussions and observe with interest the phenomenal progress of robotic surgery in India within a short span of time.


India-born entrepreneur Raj Vattikuti and his wife Padma who founded Vattikuti Foundation to evangelize robotic surgery in the US and India for cancer treatment will interact with surgeons to obtain feedback on the scope of robotic surgery in India and how to further scale up.


Vattikuti Foundation has worked with the Indian healthcare system to turn experienced conventional surgeons into accomplished robotic surgeons through initiatives such as the bi-annual Robotic Surgeons Council meet, a variety of short and long term national and international fellowship programmes. Vattikuti scholarship for young surgeons offers a great opportunity to surgeons at the start of their careers to be face-to-face with the stalwarts.


“Even though India was a late entrant in adoption of computer assisted surgery, first introduced in the US at the beginning of this millennium, multi-disciplinary Robotic Surgery has established its value in India with superior patient outcomes and efficacy,” says Dr Mahendra Bhandari, Director, Robotic Research and Education, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, USA and CEO of Vattikuti Foundation. The widespread use of robotic surgery began in India only seven years ago.


Many Indian surgeons have developed new techniques to handle complex procedures which have now become standards of care in several advanced countries in the world, adds Dr Bhandari.


India with over 50 surgical robots and a pool of over 300 trained robotic surgeons has been performing a wide range of robotic surgeries in specialties that include Urology, Gynaecology, Thoracic, Gastrointestinal-surgery, Colorectal surgery, Bariatric surgery, Surgery for small children, and Head & Neck in 20 Indian cities.


In his keynote address Dr J. Scott Magnuson will acquaint the participants on the current status of robotic head and neck surgery while Dr Brian Harkins will dwell on his rich experience of Robotic Hernia Surgery as an emerging standard.


Dr Khurshid Ghani will bring his perspective on measuring and improving the technical performance of robotic surgery.


The RSC features 50 sessions spread over two days in parallel sessions covering specialisations in Urology (robotic kidney transplant, urology in paediatric patients, urinary incontinence among prostrate removal cases), Gynaecology (hysterectomy, ovarian tumours, endometriosis), Thoracic (lung surgery), Head & Neck (oral cancer, sleep apnea, thyroid), Gastroenterology (Hernia, Colorectal and Hepato-pancreatic surgery) and Bariatric. Challenges in preparing accomplished Robotic Surgeons and emerging technological interfaces for surgery will also be discussed.


Robotic Surgery goes a step ahead of traditional minimally invasive Laparoscopic Surgery in complete removal of the cancerous tumours while saving the healthy surrounding tissue minimizing chances of its recurrence. It is fast gaining acceptance as the most efficient surgical method.


Today, nearly 700 robotic surgeries a month are conducted in India, ranging from removal of cancerous tissues to reconstruction of organs damaged by cancer as well as the removal of organs such as the kidney, liver, pancreas, thyroid, prostrate, and uterus.


A Surgical Robot scores over conventional modes of surgery as it leads to minimal blood loss, quick healing and less pain, leading to shorter hospital stays. Surgical Robots are being used in almost all specialties involving soft body tissues.


Master Class Schedule


Dr Brian Harkins, who has vast experience in minimally invasive hernia repair will demonstrate the surgical techniques at Robotic Surgery Workshop and Masterclasses on Hernia Repair at Narayana Health, Bengaluru and at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.


Dr Khurshid Ghani will hold a Masterclass on Prostate Cancer at Aster Medcity in Kochi and Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital (MPUH), Nadiad.


Dr J Scott Magnuson will be the lead international faculty for a Masterclass in Head & Neck Surgery at HCG Institute of Oncology Bengaluru.


About Vattikuti Foundation


The Vattikuti Foundation, a US non-profit, has been working steadfastly to grow the trained pool of Robotic Surgeons to 500 from the current 300 by 2020 through its Scholar and Fellowship programs. The Foundation has provided Vattikuti Fellowships to 15 doctors and plans to grow this number to 100. As part of the one-year paid Fellowship, super specialists spend a full year as an understudy to a Robotic Surgeon. From then on they are expected to become accomplished Robotic Surgeons capable of handling procedures independently.