Surgeon Performs Heart Surgery 32 Km Away From Patient in Gujarat
First time in the history of medical science, Ahmedabad surgeon Dr Tejas Patel performed a successful telerobotic Heart surgery administered 32 km away from the patient on December 5. Doctor Patel executed the procedure by sitting in the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, with the help of human telerobotic coronary intervention.
It was performed on a woman from Kalol who had a blockage in one of the arteries and the operation involved using a balloon to open the blockage. Dr Patel operated the robot remotely to gain entry into the artery and insert the balloon that would open the blockage.
Speaking after the surgery, Dr Patel said that technologies such as this would eventually help specialist operate on patients even in remote areas. “With just a cath lab and paramedics we can have one specialist for 60 villages at a time,” he said.
Dr Patel who also happened to be the cardiologist for Pramukh Swami Maharaj dedicated this feat to the leader of the sect. As to why he chose to do it from the Akshardham temple, Dr Patel said that when one was operating from the lap of God, it wasn’t possible that one would go wrong.
He further added that every scientific development that has made a difference has had spirituality in the background.
Dr Patel was awarded Padma Shri in 2015 and started ‘The Apex Heart Institute’ in Ahmedabad at Gujarat which is one of the first hospitals to facilitate robotic procedures for heart outside the US. The world‘s first surgery was performed through an extensive and patented technology by Cor Path, developed by an American Corporate, Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the government would explore technologies such as this so as to ensure that cutting-edge health care is made available to even those in far-flung areas. “It can also be of use to our soldiers on the borders who may be in need of cutting-edge healthcare,” said Rupani.