Eminent robotic surgeons from the US, the UK, India, and Pakistan highlighted the far-reaching benefits of robotic procedures. They were unanimous in their conclusion that this modality is the best platform to usher in an era of digital surgery.
The seminar was organised by the Pakistan Society of Robotic Surgeons (PSRS) in collaboration with Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Saeed Qureshi, who is also the PSRS president, inaugurated the symposium, whereas SIUT Director Prof Adib Rizvi presided over the symposium. The overseas expert speakers included Dr Khurshid Guru from the USA, Dr Mark Slack, from the UK, Dr Marcus Carey, Australia, and Dr Pritpal Singh, India.
Speakers representing various medical institutions from within the country included Prof Shahid Rasul of JPMC, Dr Nauman Zafar of PKLI Lahore, Prof Mehmood Ayaz of KEMU Lahore and Mohd Arsalan Khan and Dr Rehan Mohsin from SIUT.
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Prominent speakers and eminent robotic surgeons discussed variety of issues confronted to present day surgical sciences.
They pointed out there are definite advantages which this new technology offers. They said one of the most important features of the technology is that it has great capacity to work inside the confined areas of human body with accurate precision.
Presenting their experiences, the robotic surgeons from their respective countries said because of its immense merits the robotic surgery is broadly used for treating patients suffering from various cancers including kidney, prostrate, pancreatic, lung and urinary bladder. Keyhole incision, reduced blood loss, less pain and decreased stay of patients in hospital are other important aspects of robotic procedures also readily highlighted since its inception.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th2023.