Apollo’s Renaissance Robot Straightens Spines With Ease

Chennai. Dr. Sajan K. Hegde, senior Orthopaedic surgeon at Apollo Hospital, Chennai successfully performed 3 major spine surgeries where he treated spinal abnormalities and humps with spinal implants using a robot. The three patients, Mohit Sinha, Heema Kirit Shah and Preetin Suryavanshi, were all troubled by spinal deformities and could not walk straight due to the humps they were born with. Having tried all physiotherapy tricks, the three had given up on the hopes of correcting their physical defects.

The Renaissance Robot, as it is called, places implants in the spinal cord and is accurate and incisive with its placement. Previously, without robotic surgery, surgeons has to rely on multiple x-rays, CT scans and MRIs to locate and place the implant, thereby reducing the accuracy of the surgery.The procedure normally involves breaking the patient’s spine under controlled conditions after which implants are placed to straighten the spine. The robot has been in use for some time now European and American companies, called as da Vinci system, and has just made some serious inroads in Indian medicine. Dr. Pratap C, Reddy, chairman of the Apollo Group of Hospitals, has promised procurement of more equipment of the like to improve the success rates of such surgeries.

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