KIMS cancer surgeons perform robotic surgery on cancer patient in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Cancer surgeons at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Secunderabad performed robotic surgery on a 36-year-old patient who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the patient was already undergoing chemotherapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia, said Dr. Madhu Devarasetti, senior surgical oncologist, KIMS, who led the robotic surgery.

“The patient contracted jaundice but was diagnosed after 2 to 3 months. The biopsy revealed that the patient also had pancreatic cancer. Instead of invasive surgery, we decided to use robotic surgery. The postoperative biopsy report, in this case, was also very good. Usually we extract 12 lymph nodes. But in this case, we extracted 37 lymph nodes, which translates to complete cancer removal from his pancreas,” he said.

The patient remained in intensive care for one day, then was transferred to a room and discharged after the 5th day of the operation. In the near future, these patients will be moved to a recovery room directly from the operating theatre, instead of intensive care, Dr Madhu said.

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“In open invasive surgery, we keep the patient in intensive care for at least 2 days. If we opt for open surgery in pancreatic cancers, suturing is hard work and the prognosis is also very bad. In robotic surgery, we do not encounter such problems,” Dr Madhu added.

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