SGPGI in Lucknow conducts India's first Scarless Robotic Thyroid Surgery via Transoral route
In a first, the doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow performed a rare scarless surgery of the thyroid gland on Monday. Performed on a 35-year old patient, this Transoral Scarless Surgery is the first-of-its-kind procedure to be carried out by medical robots in India.
A scar-free robotic surgery
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While conventional thyroid surgery leaves a mark around the neck, robotic surgeries offer a slight aesthetic relief by ensuring that the neck remains scar-free however, leaving a scar near the armpit. Moreover, the robotic procedure using the armpit route also leads to problems in the movement of the hand. In a bid to make this surgery more refined and scar-free, doctors at the SGPGI used this minimally-invasive procedure via the transoral route that leaves no scars.
Transoral robotic surgery gives the surgeon an enhanced view of the local site and surrounding tissue. A robotic system to guide the surgical tools also allows more-precise movements in tiny spaces and the capability to work around the corners. When compared with more-traditional procedures, transoral robotic surgery tends to result in a quicker recovery and fewer complications for the patients.
Meet the SGPGI team behind the surgery
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The team of surgeons who performed this complex medical procedure was led by Professor Amit Agarwal, Head of the Endocrine Department. The team also included Dr. S. Dabbas, Dr. Vikram, Dr. Yuvraj Devgan. On the other hand, the anaesthesia team included Dr. Kapil, Dr. Sanchit, Dr. Abhishek along Dr. Sujeet Kumar, the additional professor, from the anesthesiology department, who led this team. Dr. RK Dhiman, the Director of PGI congratulated the team of doctors involved in this rare medical procedure for successfully conducting the surgery.
As per reports, one of the four centres in India that offers thyroidectomy with the help of medical robots, SGPGI started performing surgery via the armpit route in 2019. Since then, more than 40 patients have been cured of this problem here. With this advancement in the medical world, SGPGI is all set to offer scar-free treatment to patients with mouth and throat cancer in Lucknow now.