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Veteran Cricketer Kapil Dev Unveils Robotic Technology in Pune’s Manipal Hospital

Written by : Nikita Saha

April 19, 2024

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The advanced robotic technology aims to improve knee replacement and joint treatment with robotic-assisted surgeries.

In a significant development, veteran Indian cricketer Kapil Dev has unveiled cutting-edge robotic technology for advanced orthopedic surgeries at Manipal Hospital in Kharadi, Pune.

The advanced robotic technology aims to improve knee replacement and joint treatment with robotic-assisted surgeries.

Robotic-assisted surgeries aim to improve knee replacement and joint treatment by minimizing the risks and improving patient outcomes.

Speaking on the importance of robotic surgery for orthopedic treatment, Dr Sinukumar Bhaskaran, Adult Joint Replacement & Reconstruction and Robotic Arthroplasty (Hip & Knee), Manipal Hospital, Kharadi, Pune said, "Robotic-assisted surgery is not only beneficial for the doctors performing complex surgeries but also for the patient by offering faster recoveries and reduced pain improving the quality-of-life post-surgery.’’

Key Features of the Robotic Tech

Robotic-assisted surgeries are advanced medical procedures performed using robotic devices guided by surgery.

The new system allows personalized 3D CT scans, delivering sub-millimeter accuracy and enhanced safety with real-time bone movement monitoring for more precise implant surgery and reduced risk of infection.

Reportedly, robotic surgery has received a success rate of 98%. Further, this precision results in longer-lasting joint replacements which reduces the need for costly and invasive revision surgeries.

Growing Relevance of Robotic Surgeries in India

Over the last five years, there has been a significant increase in the number of joint replacement surgeries in India.

Surgeons across the country have witnessed more than 2.5 Lakh patients undergo knee replacement surgeries every year, and the number has increased manifold in recent years.

However, with the introduction of newer and more advanced technology in India, people with total knee replacement can start to walk as early as six hours after the surgery.

The evolution in orthopedic treatment and the introduction of robotic-assisted orthopedic surgeries have minimized the risks associated with knee replacement.

Robotic-assisted surgeries are advanced medical procedures performed using robotic devices guided by a surgeon. These procedures help surgeons perform complex surgeries with precision instruments and advanced systems, less bleeding and reduced recovery time.

In recent times, many healthcare organizations have implemented this technology and have found it beneficial for better patient outcomes. For instance, The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) unveiled the Department of Robotic Joint Replacement, to offer comprehensive care for patients suffering from knee problems.

The newly launched department performs knee replacement surgeries using advanced robotic knee replacement procedures. Further, it utilizes the Rosa Knee robotic system, which customizes knee replacements for each patient’s unique anatomy, potentially resulting in a more natural knee feeling post-surgery.

Likewise, Indian healthtech startup Taurean Surgical secured an undisclosed pre-seed funding from Oman-based 'Beyond Tech VC,' Indian investor Durga Devi Maganti, and distinguished investors from the USA

This funding aimed to democratize access to robotic surgery in emerging markets. Further, per the startup, by leveraging cutting-edge medical technology and AI, it aims to bridge the gap between advanced surgical solutions and underserved regions.

While in August last year, Pune-based ONP Hospital and Jehangir Specialty Hospital collaborated to unveil AI-based robotic joint replacement surgery advancements.

The name of this advanced innovation is Robp3wiz Roboalign Hololens 2, which uses smart glasses with integrated AI and virtual reality. The same can revolutionize joint replacement surgery, increase surgical accuracy, and improve patient outcomes.


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