Trauma, Test and a New age Technology: Robotic Surgery giving new lease of life for a variety of health conditions

  • Along with First Successful Robotic Thoracic Surgery in Eastern India, RN Tagore hospital has performed over 100 Robotic Surgeries till March 2023

Kolkata, Once in a lifetime, a story of determination and resilience unfolded at RN Tagore hospital (a Unit of Narayana Health) in Kolkata. Meet Somesh Chatterjee (name changed), a 16-year-old schoolboy whose dreams were almost shattered when he fell critically ill just days before his Class Tenth board exams. However, with the help of robotic surgery and an incredible spirit, he defied all odds and managed to not only recover but also sit for his exams which was due in just 4 days.

Somesh, an aspiring student preparing for his Class tenth Examinations, experienced severe bouts of fever and developed stage III empyema—a life threatening condition in which pus develops in the area between the lungs and inner surface of chest. Desperate to save their son’s life and future, Somesh’s parents shifted him to the emergency of RN Tagore Hospital, where a team of medical experts, led by Prof (Dr). Amitabha Chakrabarti, Senior Consultant – Robotic, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery evaluated his case. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the medical team recommended Robotic Decortication—a new age minimally invasive surgical procedure.

With courage in his heart, Somesh underwent the complex robotic surgery, and astonishingly, on the same day, he was weaned off ventilator support. He recovered well and was also able to sit for his exams from within the hospital premises in just 4 days. Following the successful completion of his exams, Somesh was discharged from the hospital. His speedy recovery is a testament to the power of robotic surgery to transform lives.

Another case involved a 70-year-old patient with multiple comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and heart ailment. The patient just had a single functioning left kidney and that too developed a large renal tumour. It is a challenging task to remove the tumour while preserving the kidney functioning. The medical team, led by Dr. Deepak Shankar Ray, Senior Consultant and Chief of Renal Transplant, RN Tagore Hospital, utilized robotic technology to perform a left-sided partial nephrectomy on the 70-year-old patient, removed the tumour while preserving the patient’s kidney function. This procedure not only demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of robotic surgery but also reaffirmed its status as the preferred approach for complex renal surgeries.

Mr. R Venkatesh, Group COO (Chief Operating Officer), Narayana Health said, “In Eastern India, RN Tagore hospital is a pioneer in robotic cardiothoracic surgery. This hospital has the biggest number of robotics specialists. The institute boasts the biggest number of robotic surgeons in various specialties. Till March this year, we have successfully performed over 100 robotic surgeries across specialties such as General Surgery, Cardiovascular, Urology, Thoracic, Gynaecology, and Gastrointestinal (GI).”

About Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery, offers precise and flexible procedures with enhanced control compared to conventional techniques. It is commonly used for minimally invasive surgeries, involving small incisions. This advanced surgical approach utilizes a robotic system with a camera and mechanical arms, controlled by the surgeon from a nearby console. The system provides a magnified 3D view of the surgical site, improving precision and visibility. Robotic surgery offers several benefits, including fewer complications, reduced pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and smaller scars.

About Narayana Health

With all the super-specialty tertiary care facilities that the medical world offers, Narayana Health is a one-stop healthcare destination for all. Founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and headquartered in Bengaluru, Narayana Health Group is the second-largest healthcare provider in the country in terms of operational bed count. The first facility was established with approximately 225 operational beds in the year 2000 at NH Health City in Bengaluru. The Company today operates a chain of multispecialty tertiary and primary healthcare facilities across a network of 23 hospitals and 7 heart centers in India and a single hospital overseas in the Cayman Islands with nearly 5,900 operational beds across all its centers and the potential to reach a capacity of over 6,800 beds.

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