India achieved a major breakthrough in the field of medical science by successfully performing a telerobotic heart surgery. In fact, India is the first country to perform it successfully. No matter how much advancement has been achieved in the field of medical science, surgeries still required the presence of a qualified surgeon. India created history by becoming the first country to have performed a heart surgery where the surgeon was 32 km away from the patient.
Dr. Tejal Patel from Ahmedabad made this miracle come true. A middle age woman was admitted to Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad and required a coronary intervention. Dr. Patel was present in Akshardham complex in Gandhinagar, from where he performed this miraculous intervention.
How it was made possible?
The surgical system used was designed by Da Vinci system who is a market leader in robotic surgical equipment. The procedure required seamless internet services which were provided by Jio band. As a precautionary measure, a team of heart surgeons was present on the spot, in case the internet connectivity drops. However, all was smooth and the surgery was completed successfully in 15 mins.
This procedure was telecast on big screens in the Akshardham temple complex where C.M. Vijay Rupani was also present. Dr. Patel specifically chose this location since it represents technology and spiritualism. He also added that while the first surgery made use of the internet with 100 Mbps speed, it could also be performed with a speed of 20mbps. This means that it can be used in remote areas with limited connectivity as well.
Why this is a big achievement?
This is a major achievement in the field of medicine since it opens up many possibilities. Cardiovascular disease results in around 18 million deaths every year worldwide. Robotics may help the doctors and patients across the geographical and physical barriers. This can be of great help in case of emergencies in remote areas considering that emergencies like heart attack need to be attended within 60-90 minutes. This saves the travel time if the patients and doctors are well connected.
After studying the results of telerobotic intervention performed in India, Corindus Vascular Robotics is also planning on commercializing the system and expand its interventional platform to address stroke care and extending better treatment to the masses.