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Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step
December 8, 2012
A British soldier who had half his knee blown off while serving in Afghanistan, can walk again thanks to a world-first operation to fit him with a bespoke joint.
Captain James Murly-Gotto faced the prospect of amputation after being hit by machine gun fire during a 10-day mission in Helmand province.
One bullet passed straight through the flesh of his left leg, but the other tore through the bones in his right. The inside of his knee was destroyed, and two major leg bones were splintered.
However, he sought out a world-leading surgeon who helped create replacement parts that - in the soldier’s words - “slot in like flat-pack furniture”.
The operation at the King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes in London involved marrying two technologies for the first time.
Initially, he underwent 3D scanning to create tailor-made computer designed replacement parts. Then Professor Justin Cobb, a leading orthopaedic surgeon, used a robotic arm to remove just the right amount of bone - and not a speck more.
The operation was such a success that Capt Murly-Gotto has been able to take to the golf course once again, with the help of a buggy, and even ride a bike.....read more
15-cm tumour removed in rare robotic operation
December 4, 2012
In a rare surgery, doctors have removed a cancerous tumour as large as 15 centimetres from the kidney of a 51-year-old patient through a robotic procedure. According to doctors, the case is unique due to the massive size of the cancerous tumour and the fact that it was operated as a robotic procedure with minimal blood loss and pain. The average size of a tumour removed through robotics is said to range from four to five cm maximum. According to doctors, published medical literature evinces that a large renal tumour would range from 10 to 12 cm.
Dr Jagdeesh Kulkarni and Dr Mangesh Patil performed the surgery from Asian Robotic Surgery Institute at Asian Heart Institute (AHI). “Robotically the tumour removed in every day practice is four to five cm. But in this case the size of the renal tumour was approximately 15 cm and was removed completely by robotic surgery through a keyhole size of three to four cm. The patient is doing well now,” said Dr Kulk-arni, onco-urologist, panel robotic consultant, AHI....read more
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