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Robotic healer



Treating cancer with robotic surgery... Alok Shrivastava.

THERE WAS a time when treatment of cancer was a big task for doctors and almost all strains of the disease would lead to imminent death. But, with the entry of laser technology, treatment of cancer is possible at early stage now. Alok Shrivastava of Vattikutti Institute, U.S.A, came to town early this week with an interesting device to treat prostrate cancer in India, an ailment now increasingly being found in the country. A device used by a human brain in conjunction with robotic energy through computers. Called 3D- Robotic Surgery, Shrivastava, giving a demonstation of this path-breaking technique at The Ashoka hotel here, said it is

free from errors done by a human mind. The results, he said,are satisfactory in US and "more than 10,000 patients had operated successfully in America." The surgery takes two hours and the patient may be discharged from the hospital after 24 hours. After two weeks of essential cure, the patient can do his routine work normally.

Talking about limitations and advantages of it, Shrivastava said," what is gained in Robotic Surgery is more than what is lost in this surgery".

According to Rajeev Sood, Senior Urologist and Andrologist All India Medical Science here, present on the occasion, prostate cancer is increasing fast among aging population of not only India but the entire world. "The surgery of prostate cancer is very difficult manually by human hands. The prostate gland is located at the complicated position of the human body and to reach there, is a hard task for surgeons. The chance of a successful surgery of prostate cancer is not full with the help of other techniques. The success rate of Robotic Surgery is hundred per cent and results are fruitful," he said.

The difficulty here is the high cost of the surgery. It costs around 35,000 US dollars at present. But according to Sood, there is a plan for installing robotic surgery at AIIMS and PGI in Chandigarh on experimental basis. If the response is positive, then it will be introduced commercially in different hospitals of the country.

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