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RAJIV GANDHI INSTITUTE USES ROBOT FOR CANCER SURGERY

courtesy: HINDUSTAN TIMES

April 19, 2011

New Delhi: The uterus of a woman suffering from uterus cancer was removed with the help of a robot at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre on Monday. The woman was 30kg overweight.

The hospital is the latest to join the list of cancer hospitals globally that use robots for assistance in cancer surgeries. But it is the first cancer hospital in India to do so.

“It would not have been possible to operate upon the woman had it not been for the robotic facility. With a restricted 2D vision and hand movement, laparoscopic surgeries are not possible on obese women,” said Dr Sudhir Rawal, director, surgical oncology at the hospital.

Using a robot provides 10 times more magnification and a three-dimensional view. “The expertise of the surgeon’s brain is utilized by the robotic arms,” said Dr Rawal.

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