JIPMER Crossed Landmark: In the heart of Puducherry, awaharlal institute of postgraduate medical education and research (Jipmer) has crossed a landmark number of 50 surgeries which are assisted by robot in just a span of six months. On Thursday, a group of doctors performed partial nephrectomy on a patient suffering from renal cancer which made them cross the landmark number.
Jipmer director S C Parija, said that the urology department of the institute tops the list for performing the highest number of robotic surgeries (24) followed by the departments of surgical oncology and surgical gastroenterology with 10 surgeries each and the department of obstetrics and gynaecology with six surgeries.
He further added, “Soon, other departments including paediatric surgery, cardiac thoracic and vascular surgery and ENT (eyes, nose and throat) and head and neck surgery will start performing robotic surgery.” Director of Jipmer S.C. Parija pointed out that Jipmer is the only centre in South India, where robotic surgery facilities are provided in a government hospital.
“The achievement is due to the hard work of anesthesiologists, surgeons of different specialities, nurses and other staff members of the institute,” said Parija. The institute charges Rs 30,000 for patients in general ward and Rs 50,000 for patients in the special ward for performing a robotic surgery. “The user charges are much less when compared to corporate hospitals where this facility will be charged roughly between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh per procedure,” Parija said.
He lauded the team of doctors comprising the head of anesthesiology Sandeep Mishra, assistant professor (anesthesiology) V K Mohan and head of urology R Manikandan, who successfully performed the landmark 50th robotic surgery and other surgeons who helped in achieving the rare feat of 50 surgeries in six months.