by The Welthi Bureau | 04 DEC 2017
Apollo Hospitals announced the reaching of a rare milestone by performing over 100 Robot Assisted Myomectomies. Dr. Rooma Sinha, Senior Consultant Gynecologist, Minimal Access & Robotic Surgeon, Apollo Health City and a pioneer in Robot assisted surgery in this part of the world, accomplished this superlative distinction of performing the largest series of Robot Assisted Myomectomies, in South Asia.
Fibroids in the uterus arethe most common noncancerous tumors in young women of reproductive age. It causes heavy bleeding leading to anemia, pelvic pain, pressure and pain in periods. They can be responsible for infertility and affect the quality of life in today’s active & dynamic woman. Current managementstrategies are mainly surgical as medical options are limited.Removal of symptomatic fibroids with uterine preservation in women who wish to conceive or otherwise retain their uterus is myomectomy.
Open surgery is commonly performed for women with large or multiple fibroids. Minimally invasive surgery carries several well-documented advantages with small scars and rapid recovery. However, removing large fibroids by traditional laparoscopy has been challenging. Even in the USA, 85% of such patients undergo open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery in this setting is a highly specialized skill that Dr. Rooma Sinha has developed in a career spanning over two decades. Starting in 1996, Dr. Rooma Sinhaperfected laparoscopic techniques that enabled removal of such fibroids by laparoscopy in close to 70% of patients. However, that still left a section of women with difficult fibroids that just could not be managed by this technique.
Ms Sangita Reddy, Jt. Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, said, Robot assisted surgery enables greater reach, maneuverability, very little blood loss and minimises internal disruption. This technique will become the mainstream in due course.
It is in this setting that the advent of Robot assisted surgery has come as a major technological advance that can complement the skills of a surgeon. Approved for Gynecological surgery in 2005 in the USA, the technology was acquired by Apollo Health City in 2012. With magnified 3D vision, incredible human wrist like maneuverability, the robot quickly enabled Dr. Rooma to extend this minimally invasive technology to even the most technically challenging cases. In fact, subsequent experience has now shown that precision suturing of the uterus allows these women to safely become pregnant and deliver a child, says Dr. Rooma Sinha.
Dr. Rooma Sinha is recognized as a pioneer and authority in the field of Robotic surgery both in India and abroad. She has performed the largest number of Robotic surgeries in gynecology in India. She had recently completed a 100 such robot-assisted myomectomies for fibroids. She mentors young Gynecologists in an internationally recognized fellowship program. She has been invited to deliver several podium presentations across the world including those in Boston, Iceland, Moscow and Hong Kong. She has written several articles in medical journals and has recently contributed a chapter in an international textbook on the subject.
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