Media Coverage of Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and Galaxy Care Hospital
The ‘Change’ in Operation Techniques - Robotic Surgeries
Robotic surgery is an emerging field with rapid acceptance owing to its wide range of benefits.
Minimal access surgery is an accepted modality for benign surgery. Despite the benefits of laparoscopy, its acceptance in oncology is slow. Today, Robotic surgery is an emerging field with rapid acceptance because of the 3-dimensional image, dexterity of instruments and autonomy of camera control.
Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director of the Galaxy Care Hospital, says, "Before we began on to robotic surgeries, we were performing advanced laparoscopic oncological procedures. The benefit of the robot lies in seven degrees of freedom due to the intra-abdominal articulated instruments, 3D vision, better alignment of eye-hand instruments, and recovery of control of camera by the surgeon and downscaling the amplitude of motions and eliminating tremor.
He further added, "In oncology, the most important factor is oncological clearance which translates into survival benefits. The initial experience of using robotics in various oncological procedures have shown comparable results with laparoscopy. Randomized control trials will help to decide the gold surgical standard of various solid tumors”.
The 3 Arm Da Vinci robot system (Intuitive surgical) was introduced in Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute in November 2009. Surgeons performed 164 oncological surgeries from November 2009 to June 2011. The surgeries performed included thoracic, colorectal, hepatobiliary, gynecological and urological system.
Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director of the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, reported the experience of using the Da Vinci robot for oncological procedures in the medical journal of Indian Association of Surgical Oncology recently. He pointed out that it changed surgical outlook from big surgeon, big incision to the best surgeon, no incision.