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Manipal Hospitals performs robotic thyroid, cancer surgeries

Bengaluru: Doctors at Manipal Hospitals have performed robotic thyroid and cancer surgeries for thyroidectomy and larynx cancer. These medical breakthroughs, using robotic assistance, were performed by Dr Somashekhar S P and Dr Shabber S Zaveri both from the department of surgical oncology and Dr E V Raman from the department of ENT at the group’s flagship Bangalore hospital.

According to Manipal Hospitals, this is the first time in India that medical robotics is being used for a thyroidectomy as well as for operating larynx cancer.

The robot assisted thyroidectomy was performed on a 20-year-old girl, suffering from thyroid tumour. The transoral robotic surgery (TORS) was conducted on a 66-year-old man, who was suffering from cancer of the base tongue and pharynx cancer.

Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, medical director, Manipal Hospitals, has said, “At Manipal Hospitals, we keep abreast of the rapid developments in medical technology around the globe and incorporate those that help us provide the best standards of healthcare to our patients.”

Dr Somashekhar S P, head, department of surgical oncology, Manipal Hospitals, has said, “In the case of the 20-year old girl, the performance of thyroidectomy ensured a quick and scarless recovery for the patient and helped the surgeons perform the operation with utmost ease and precision. In the case of the elderly patient with larynx cancer, keeping his concerns of age and varied ailments in mind, the doctors performed a transoral robotic surgery (TORS) which proved to be very successful, with no side-effects, deformity or harm to any vital organs.”

“Robot assisted surgery is a breakthrough technology which improves patient outcomes as well as enhances our surgeons’ skills. With enhanced precision and minimal loss of blood, patients are discharged within 2-3 days of their surgery, with negligible scarring in the operated area and also ensuring a better quality of life,” Dr Ballal has added.

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