Apollo Hospital introduces minimal invasive Robotic cardiac surgery

| Updated: 14 June, 2024 8:31 pm IST
Press Conference on Robotic Cardiac Surgery held at Apollo Hospital, Delhi (Image: Tejasvi Pandey)

NEW DELHI: Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi held a press conference on Friday, June 14, to introduce sophisticated robotic cardiac surgery. The event was to address the benefits and applications of robotics and minimally invasive heart surgery (MIHS) among patients, as well as to raise public awareness of technical breakthroughs and their future.

The seminar was led by Dr. M.M. Yusuf, Senior Consultant and Heart Specialist in Robotics and MIHS, and Dr. Varun Bansal, Consultant Heart Specialist in Robotics and MIHS at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. Initially, the cutting-edge approach to technology was discussed, which highlighted the minimally invasive solution utilising sophisticated robotic technology and surgical experience, executed through extremely small incisions.

Later, it was compared with traditional open-heart surgery, which boasts numerous advantages, including employing all arterial grafts, eliminating the need for bone cutting, significantly shorter recovery times, and minimal scarring.  

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Dr. Yusuf said, “Robotic cardiac surgery signifies a transformative advancement in heart care. Our patients benefit from quicker mobilisation, reduced scarring, and a faster return to normal life, typically within 2-3 weeks, which is particularly useful for the young population to rejoin work and for older patients to avoid complications.”

Dr. MM Yusuf explaining the applications and benefits of Robotic heart surgery. (Image: Tejasvi Pandey)

The long-term benefits of these advanced techniques were also highlighted for better immediate and long-term benefits for patients of all ages, allowing them to walk within a day of surgery and often be discharged within 48–72 hours. This innovative approach is crucial for patients needing treatment for coronary artery disease, heart valve diseases, heart tumours, and congenital heart defects.

Dr. Bansal, on the other hand, counted the benefits of it by saying that the patients receive less blood loss, less pain, quick discharge, and a better overall quality of life.

During the conference, doctors presented detailed case studies showcasing their expertise in managing complex conditions with robotic assistance. They shared compelling patient stories, including those who were high-risk for open-heart surgery, those desiring a quick return to work and an active life, and those preferring minimal scarring. These patients recovered swiftly and resumed their lives quickly, underscoring the effectiveness of robotic cardiac surgeries.

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